Substitute striker shines

Lobo nets two of Gaels’ three goals in weekend homestand

With three games left in the regular season, Queen’s is poised to claim first place in the OUA East standings.
With three games left in the regular season, Queen’s is poised to claim first place in the OUA East standings.

A pair of goals from Lucas Lobo helped secure four points for the men’s soccer team last weekend.

Lobo, a fourth-year striker, scored in Queen’s 2-1 win over the Toronto Varsity Blues on Saturday, before tallying the Gaels’ only goal in a 1-1 tie with the Ryerson Rams.

Despite starting on the sidelines against Toronto, Lobo’s seen increased playing time recently due to his work ethic.

“Lucas is the type of player that will be one of the hardest working players in practice,” said head coach Chris Gencarelli. “What separates him this year from previous years is his mental focus. Before, he would get down on himself quickly, but now he’s much more resilient.”

Lobo entered Saturday’s game in the second half to replace striker Eric Koskins, who limped off the field with a minor hamstring problem.

The substitution was made just after midfielder Henry Bloemen scored to tie the game at 1-1.

Lobo buried the game-winning goal in the dying seconds, converting on a through-ball from midfielder Adrian Rochford.

Gencarelli said he liked the way the team responded in the second half.

“To get the 2-1 result after being down 1-0 shows character,” he said. “There’s no quit in this team.”

Lobo’s effort against Toronto secured him a spot in Sunday’s starting lineup against Ryerson. He took advantage of the opportunity, scoring in the second half to even the score at 1-1.

Sunday’s draw gave each squad one point in the standings. Queen’s is still tied with Carleton with 26 points, with a game in hand. Ryerson sits just four points back of the OUA East leaders with 22 points.

Gencarelli said last weekend demonstrated the team’s growth.

“It’s another testament to our team’s resilience,” he said. “Even though we’re not playing our best soccer right now, we’re still getting results.”

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