The winning streak continues for Ceres- La Salle football team as the squad beat Central Philippine University in Men's 22 and turned back the Rising Sun- Cebu in Men's Open to register back-to-back victories in the 2 nd Ceres Cup at the North Football Field in Talisay City over the weekend.
The La Sallians led the list of winners in the two-day 7-a-side football festival that drew a record of 406 participating teams from different areas of the country.
It was the same La Salle football team that scored a three-peat in the national PRISAA games in Iloilo last month and had successfully defended their crown in the University Games last year, their veteran and multi-titled coach Freddie “Nene” Lazarito said.
La Salle's Hanesin Prince Antony, who was named Most Valuable Player in Men's Open last year, bagged his second individual award from the tournament this year with his impressive performance for the La Salle team in Men's 22.
While this year's Ceres Cup proved to be a little difficult as foreign players beefed up the lineup of the other clubs, Lazarito said playing together for more than a year now worked to their advantage.
“We had a great team work and we've been practicing everyday. Our players are both mentally and physically prepared for the tournament,” Lazarito said.
He also attributed their series of victories to the all-out support of their benefactor, the Yanson family, who were there to provide for the needs of the players.
Sharing the limelight with the La Salle squad are the lady booters from Negros Occidental Fotoball Association, who beat Minuluan, 1-0, in Ladies' Open final match.
Similarly triumphant were the young footballers from Atletico de Bago, who beat Sportivo FC – Alabang in Boys' 18 championship, while Don Bosco - Cebu captured the title in Boys' 16 category yesterday by prevailing over San Carlos FC.
The loss in Boys' 16 did not dampen the spirit of the San Carlos FC, whose Ladies 19 team reigned against Tamasak FC from Barotac in the final, while their Girls' 13 squad edged Rizal Football Club to grab the title, and the Boys' 11 team taming Don Bosco Cebu for the top prize in Boys' 11.
The final match in Men's 38 saw veteran-laden Ceres FC team beating their counterparts from San Carlos FC with former national team campaigner Jesurel Tonog receving the MVP honors.
Ilaga FC took the title in Boys' 14 after beating Ateneo Cebu, while the Blue Brothers from Manila dominated the competition in Mix 9 category.
Earlier, Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. along with Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella and Talisay City Mayor Eric Saratan led the ceremonial kick along with Vice Governor Eugenio Lacson and tournament chairman Nicolas Golez during the opening ceremony.*NAB
Visayan Daily Star