Westbridge U-16 silver medalist in Alaska Football Cup 2013

Westbridge Football Club Boys 16 team won the silver medal in the 18th Alaska Football Cup 2013 held last December 7-8, 2013 at Ayala Alabang Country Club, Muntinlupa City.

The championship game between Westbridge and Santa Rosa’s Green Barons ended in a draw with a score of 0-0 which led to a penalty shootout.  The score remained tied at 3 – all after all the players kicked and had to be decided with a sudden death rule.  Green Barons strikers eventually prevailed when Westbridge missed the penalty. The final score was 4-3 in favour of the Green Barons.

The Westbridge U16 Team topped their bracket composed of 6 football teams.  In the first game, they won against Westfields International School with a score of 3-1 courtesy of the goals made by JeushTemplora, RR Portigo and Lord Irvin Jimena.  The second game was more intense as they battled against the formidable team of Ateneo de Manila, winning the game 1-0 as Portigo calmly slotted the ball through the goal after receiving a through ball from Stephen Templora  and faking the goal keeper. The third game was also a close game when they tangled against Quezon Islanders FC and prevailed 3-2.  Jimena scored 2 goals while Portigo added one goal to seal the game.  The fourth game in the bracket proved to be a breeze when they played against AtleticoDiliman FC and won 3-1 through the 2 goals of Portigo and one from Carlo Dalisay.  Brent International School Subic was their last opponent and they also made short work of the Subic Bayers with a score of 3-0 from Portigo, Dalisay and S.Templora.

In the quarter-finals, they fought against De La Salle Zobel Team.  Westbridge prevailed with a score of 2-0 courtesy of the goals from Portigo and Dalisay.  The Semi-finals game is equally exciting as the Westbridge team battled against Ateneo de Davao.  The Westbridge team moved ahead with a score of 2-0 in the first half, goals courtesy of Portigo and Dalisay.  The Ateneans tried to make a comeback when they scored in the middle of the second half through a long shot by the Ateneo.  The score remained 2-1, through the great defensive stops of J. Templora and Michael Inocencio coupled with the great saves of the Westbridge goal keeper, John Palacios.

RR Portigo, the team captain said, “Winning a trophy and the silver medal from the Alaska Football Cup is amazing. It was a great experience to play against the best football clubs in the country.”

The other members of the team are Elijah Dayon, Louie Cacho, Gabriel Foulc, Michael Chavez,  EmmanuelDiosaban,  Hans Valderram, and Carlo Najarila.  The team is coached by Armando T. Heria.  PAREF-Westbridge School, Inc. is the home of the Westbridge Football Club where almost half the population of the school from Grade 1 to Fourth Year are part of the club. It is located at Magsaysay Village, La Paz, Iloilo City.

Heria said: “I am very happy and proud for our team.  This First Runner-up Trophy from the Alaska Football Cup is a result of the concerted effort, the persistence and the perseverance of the players.  Also, the overwhelming support of the school and the parents contributed a lot to the successes of this team."

The 18th Alaska Football Cup 2013 has attracted more than 200 teams all over the country.  This was originally scheduled last November 9-10, 2013 but has to be postponed to December 7-8, 2013 due to the super typhoon Yolanda.  The Categories are Boys 16, Girls 16, Boys 14, Girls 14, Boys 12, Girls 12, Boys 10, Boys 8, Boys 6, Men’s Open and Ladies’ Open.

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