CSB beats Arellano on penalties to end NCAA men's football title drought

Santino Honasan on Jan 17, 2018 10:23 PM
CSB beats Arellano to end NCAA men's football title drought
The NCAA men's football title drought is over for College of Saint Benilde

College of Saint Benilde once again bested Arellano University on penalties, 3-2, Wednesday evening at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium to win the NCAA Season 93 Men's Football Championship. 

Riding the momentum from their match two win, CSB struck first, with Miguel Artillera scoring in the 38th minute. 

Roberto Corsame Jr. gave Arellano life in the second half, as he connected on an equalizer in the 49th minute. 

As with their previous two finals meetings, the 90-minute regulation time wasn't enough to decide a winner, and for the third time in as many games, Saint Benilde and Arellano went to extra time. 

With fatigue kicking in, the additional thirty minutes saw no conversions from either side, and once again, a penalty shootout was needed. 

In the shootout, Arellano got out to an early 2-1 lead, with Earl Laguerta's attempt getting denied by Arellano keeper Jericho Desalisa. 

It would all go downhill for Arellano from there, as they would miss their next two attempts, allowing CSB to take the driver's seat and lead 3 to 2 following Major Dean Ebarle's attempt. 

The make-or-break attempt for Arellano went to Corsame, and with a chance to keep the Chiefs afloat, fired his shot but was denied by Blazers keeper Jake Vicen to seal the win. 

For the first time since the 2009-2010 NCAA season, the CSB Blazers are once again kings of NCAA football. 

They secure just their third men's football title in school history. 

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