'Never give up' - FEU keeper Dave Parac recovers after rough start

Santino Honasan on Apr 06, 2017 09:58 PM
FEU keeper Dave Parac recovers after rough start
"Wag ma-down, tsaka never give up hangga't may oras, kahit ilang seconds pa 'yan, wag mag give up." - Dave Parac

When first-string Far Eastern University goalkeeper RJ Joyel needed to sit out their UAAP Season 79 men's football match against Adamson, rookie Dave Parac's number was called. 

Getting his first start - and first appearance - of the season, the FEU-Fern product was understandably giddy. 

" Excited, kasi rookie pa lang po ako, tapos first time ko maglaro." the 20-year old told ABS-CBN Sports. 

Little did Dave know that his first half in the UAAP would be a debut to remember, but for all the wrong reasons. 

After his first save less than a minute into the match, Dave botched a goal kick which led to Adamson U's Ejike Ugwoke pouncing on the ball and scoring in the first 35-seconds of the match. 

"Yung una, pagka-goal, chineck ko agad yung time, sabi ko 'Seconds pa lang, okay lang.'" Dave said. "Confidence lang tsaka decision making lang yung kulang." 

The rest of the first half would be quite rough for the second-string keeper, who was visibly trying to adjust and get a feel of the situation on the pitch. 

Fortunately for Dave and for the Tams, the young keeper gained recovered in the second half, and came up with a number of big saves for the Diliman-based squad. 

At this point, Dave had built confidence as the Tamaraws pulled away for a 5-1 victory, clinching a playoff berth in the process. 

"It was a horrible start, but I think he was able to recover," FEU head coach Vince Santos said of his rook. "There were some point-blank shots that he had to save, he came up big on one or two occasions, so generally we're satisfied with how he bounced back from the mistake in the first minute."

After their win, Dave himself, gave us a pretty honest assesment of his performance that afternoon. 

"Medyo pressure po nung first half, tapos I gained confidence nung second half, kasi sabi ni Coach Bobae [Park], two things lang for this game: enjoy and confidence."

More importantly, Dave managed to pick up a few things after his first 90 minutes. 

"Wag ma-down, tsaka never give up hangga't may oras, kahit ilang seconds pa 'yan, wag mag give up."

Call it a 'baptism of fire' for Dave, but if anything, the young keeper showed that he can recover and come up big. 

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