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Honors even as Lady Maroons, Lady Tams failed to break deadlook

Kim Pariña became huge for FEU in thwarting UP's attackers to gain their first point of the season.
By Kevin Estrada

MANILA -- UP and FEU nabbed their first points respectively when they battle to a goalless standoff in the first of the Saturday doubleheader at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Ninety minutes of football were not enough for both sides in which they recorded the first draw of the women's tournament this season after starting them with back-to-back losses.

Anto Gonzales' ladies were more aggressive side in this highly charged encounter of the most recent champions of the UAAP with more shots and corners against the shorthanded Lady Tamaraws who where without Kim Cupal who is suspended for this match after her dismissal against Ateneo last week, but could not make their chances count.

Jovelle Sudaria came close to score first for FEU in the half-hour mark, but her free kick was disallowed by the referee, although the Lady Maroons also had their chances that only went straight to goalkeeper Kim Pariña who made a couple of saves to go to the break with both goose eggs on the scoreboard.

The second half was virtually the same as the first, but UP became more aggresive and nearly got their opener in the 53rd minute, where Cassandra Alleje's corner was cleared off the line by a stonewall FEU defence.

Substitute Bea Requerme also had her chance went agonizingly wide to the far post in the 78th minute, setting a frantic finish to the encounter.

However, FEU gaffer Let Dimzon will thank the sophomore who made herself big in the dying moments, thwarting Cristina Delos Reyes twice in the final four minutes to nick a result for them since last season.

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