In his team’s 3-2 loss to Kaya a few weeks ago, Tomas Trigo absorbed a load of criticism after his mishap allowed Kaya FC to claim victory over Loyola Meralco Sparks FC. The deputy Azkals goalkeeper was put on the spotlight for the wrong reasons, but the humble and hardworking shot-stopper has been doing his best to redeem himself from what was a rather forgettable moment in his career. By saving a last-gasp penalty against Global, he moved a step towards the right direction.
“We can’t lose the match. The team played very good. The second half was almost perfect,” Trigo remarked. He became the second hero for the Sparks who also saw Brad Grayson pouncing twice to put Loyola back on level terms. The Loyola striker’s two-goal haul was nearly in vain when Eddie Mallari was adjudged to have fouled OJ Clarino inside the box. Daisuke Sato had the chance of winning the game for Global but his attempt was denied by national XI teammate Trigo. “I had to save it. I had a lot of thoughts. I tried to wait for the last moment. The penalty is a psychological game,” the Sparks’ keeper briefly narrated.
Despite rescuing his team from what could have been an underserved defeat, Trigo does not want to get carried away by his latest stint on the field. “Today I saved a penalty, but tomorrow’s a normal day. I wake up and go to training,” he humbly reminded everyone including himself. Naturally, he felt happy immediately after that moment but it seems that becoming more confident is more important for him. “Getting more confidence helps me continue to work hard,” Trigo furthered.
Confidence, indeed, is a huge factor to each player, much more a goalkeeper. Admitting that he was deflated by the howler against Kaya, the Loyola goalkeeper reckoned that needs to learn well from previous mistakes because he cannot afford to repeat the same ones in the pressure-packed nature of the goalkeeping job. The struggle is truly real for goalkeepers like him but Trigo insists that he enjoys fulfilling duties as a goalkeeper. “I like this position,” he declared.
Another reason for Trigo to be industrious is the apparent challenge for spots in the Azkals goalkeeping roles. In the first two games of the qualifiers, Trigo was alongside Patrick Deyto and Neil Etheridge. That trio may or may not remain the same with some local goalkeepers like Paolo Pascual and Louie Casas notably performing well in the recent matches. Nonetheless, as far as Trigo is concerned, he can only focus what he can do to get back there. “I try to demonstrate how I am, my value, day by day in the trainings and the matches,” he shared.
Whether he will receive another gift, which to him means getting called up again by Thomas Dooley, or otherwise, Trigo only promises one thing and that is to work hard to reach his goals. — LGT
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