by Adrian Taningco
The University of the Philippines had its goalkeeper to thank for salvaging a second straight scoreless draw in the UAAP men’s football tournament, this time against a scrappy University of the East Sunday at the Ateneo Football Grounds.
UP’s Tyrone Caballes, who has yet to allow a goal this season, made timely stops to foil the Red Warriors’ assault on the Maroons’ goal right at the death.
With minutes left to go, UE’s Gringo Bravo broke with the ball from a UP corner kick. After a slaloming run toward UP’s goal, Bravo slipped the ball across the penalty area to Jimmy Chua, who forced a fine save from Caballes.
Minutes later, Caballes again denied Chua as the goalie charged out of his line and got to the ball ahead of the Red Warrior. Caballes also saved a tame UE free kick with seconds remaining.
UP’s best chance came to Jinggoy Valmayor earlier in the second half. The Maroon challenged the UE goalkeeper for a ball in the air, causing the goalie to fumble.
Valmayor promptly took the shot himself but it was well wide, to the visible dismay of his teammates.
The defending champs has scored two consecutive draws after winning against Ateneo on opening day, while UE also has two draws and one loss to show in their card.