Lugo scores game-winner as Grizzlies race past Bob Jones

After falling behind early, the Georgia Gwinnett men’s soccer team rushed past Bob Jones University on Tuesday night with four straight goals — two from sophomore Martin Lugo — in a 4-1 victory in front of over 1,300 fans in Greenville, S.C.

Lugo, a Berkmar grad, broke a 1-1 tie in the second half, then later added the third GGC score to tie a team high with seven goals on the year.

Georgia Gwinnett (9-4) improved to 5-1 away from home this season, dropping Bob Jones to 5-6-1. Tuesday was just the Bruins’ second home loss in seven games as GGC peppered the net with 13 shots on goal.

Collins Hill grad Juan Giraldo and David Burke each added scores for GGC. Lugo tallied an assist for a five-point night, while Ibrahima Sissoko had two assists.

“We started slowly, but we played 65-70 minutes of our best soccer in a long time,” Grizzlies head coach Steve DeCou said. “I thought the boys really responded well. With Juan Giraldo, Andres Molano and German Rodriguez together in the midfield and Martin Lugo up front, those guys played some of their best soccer since they’ve been with our program.”

The Bruins tallied the opening score just eight minutes into the game as Eric Moisant gave BJU a 1-0 advantage.

With just over 10 minutes remaining before halftime, Giraldo’s equalizer brought the teams even heading into the break.

Lugo broke the deadlock in the 53rd minute, then scored once more in the 72nd.

With the Bruins making a push late, Grizzly goalkeeper Lewis Sharpe made a quality save from inside the box at the five minute mark to keep BJU from mounting a rally. The GGC freshman finished with three stops on the night.

Burke’s score in the game’s final minute provided GGC’s 15th goal in six high-scoring road games.

The Grizzlies posted a 20-6 shot advantage on the night and did not surrender a corner kick.

Georgia Gwinnett’s five-game road trip continues Saturday with a 4 p.m. start at Truett-McConnell.