Lowe on a high with vital goal
Oneko Lowe has scored many goals — but perhaps none more vital than his late equaliser in Bermuda's 1-1 draw with Trinidad and Tobago at the Concacaf Under 20 Championship on Sunday.
The Dandy Town forward was in the right place at the right time to tap into an empty net after the Soca Warriors failed to clear their lines in the 70th minute.
“That goal was a very key moment because it brought us back at a critical stage of the game,” Lowe said. “The goal was also key for me because one thing I haven't been doing is following up, and the first time I followed up on a shot it was a very important goal.
“It was not one of my best goals but obviously in the context of the game it was an important goal for the team.”
The high school student, who attends Washington Academy in Maine, had a half-chance just before the interval, but was unable to capitalise from a tight angle with a shot from his weaker right foot.
“I thought I could control the ball but when I saw the defender I thought he was going to clear, and so it took the shot with my right foot even thought I am left-footed,” he said. “I kind of rushed when I could have taken my time.”
Lowe demonstrated that he is a team player when he unselfishly passed to striker Tehvan Tyrell inside the box when he himself was in scoring position.
“When the ball came over my first thought was to have a go but then I saw that Tehvan was in a better position,” he said. “A striker is always supposed to score so I just placed it right there on a platter for him and it was unfortunate that he missed it.”
Lowe's vital strike was his first of Bermuda's 2017 Under-20 World Cup qualifying campaign and as one might expect has sent his confidence soaring — especially playing against the region's elite.
“Scoring has really boosted my confidence a lot and it also helped lift the team because when we scored everybody's energy was high,” he said.
Lowe is now looking to keep the goals flowing heading into today's second group C match with El Salvador, who beat host nation Costa Rica in their tournament opener.
“Honestly, I'm feeling kind of lucky and next game I am going for every chance I get,” he said. “We're going into that game with confidence. We know that they [El Salvador] are a good opponent.
“They fight for the ball and so whatever they put up to the plate we are going to have to match that — and we are up for the challenge.”