JP Voltes FC star Nelson Gasic revels on his ascent as the top goalkeeper in the recently concluded 2016 season of the United Football League (UFL).
Gasic, who headlined for the Lyceum of the Philippines University in the National Collegiate Athletic Association, played a major role in the defense of Voltes.
He boasts of a total of 10 clean sheets in 19 allowing just 16 goals throughout their 2016 campaign.
The Baguio City native said that he did not expect to clinch the Best Goalkeeper trophy with the presence of top foreign and local booters in the unified division of the UFL.
“This was unexpected. I did not expect to get this award. I can’t say anything and I’m just speechless,” Gasic said in Filipino.
After snatching the same award in the second division in the previous year, he earned the distinction of besting top goalies Patrick Deyto of Global FC and Michael Casas of Ceres La Salle FC for the plum.
Gasic said that he played without a backup during most of the season claiming that it served as a motivation every outing.
“This is something I really want to achieve since the first round. We have no substitute goalkeeper for the greater part of the season so I really needed to play every 90 minutes even if I get injured,” he said.
According to Gasic, it was hard to play all 90 minutes knowing that there will be no substitute for his position but reiterated all the hard work was worth it.
JP Voltes, a former second tier club, finished fourth this year with a record of 13 wins, two draws and four losses for a total of 41 points.
They managed to post wins against top domestic football squads including eventual champion Global FC, which they beat 2-0, on September 21.
“Even if we just got the fourth place in the league, our coach told us that we did our best. This win is not just for us but also for our fans and those who kept on supporting us,” Gasic concluded.