IT was a totally different Don Bosco Technology Center (DBTC) that saw action yesterday in the secondary division of the 27th Cebu City Olympics football tournament against equally-talented Paref-Springdale.
Key players like skipper and ace goalkeeper Joseph Kei Ceniza, midfielder Thomas Ramos, center back Erich Rafael Orale, John Clyde Vitualla, Miguel Mercader and Christian Jubac of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) secondary division DBTC championship team are no longer with the squad.
But despite losing almost half of the championship team, DBTC still started its campaign on a high note, a close 1-0 win over Paref-Springdale.
“Our attacking is still intact, we only lost players in the midfield and on defense,” said DBTC head coach Glen Ramos.
The team still have some key holdovers like Josh Asignar, Jascha Tabar and Joaquin Buyco.
“The team was just too overconfident. That’s why they relaxed and didn’t give a hundred percent. We lacked the finishing,” said Ramos of the new DBTC squad.
Dustin Ramirez, a holdover from the previous team, scored the match’s lone goal.
Ramos, however, said that despite the loss of some of his best players, the replacements also have championship pedigree, coming from the previous DBTC elementary team that won the Palarong Pambansa.
In the other secondary division match, University of San Carlos (USC)-BED beat Abellana National School (ANS), 3-0, in penalty shootout.
All three kickers, Rushein Barbon, Antonio Alazas and Arcy Aringo converted their penalty shots.
DBTC faces USC-BED, while ANS squares off with Paref-Sprimgdale.
Paref-Springdale breezed through USC-BED, 6-1, in the elementary division.
USC-BED got the early lead with a goal by Yvan Rojas in just the sixth minute.
That was the only time that USC-BED led the match after Paref-Springdale scored back-to-back goals by Caleb Gilos in the 28th and 30th minutes. Javie Sian scored in the 37th for a 3-1 lead for Paref-Springdale at halftime.
Gilos scored a hat trick in the 53rd minute. Seanwich Fat joined in on the action with a 60th minute goal, while Lucas Sarmiento hit the back of the net two minutes later.
Don Bosco Technology Center (DBTC) didn’t need to play its match after St. Theresa’s College pulled out of the tournament. Paref-Springdale is up against DBTC today. (EKA)