The Canadian Premier League’s youngest goal scorer is also on the league’s longest contract.
Not a bad bit of business from York9 FC, who saw teenager Lowell Wright make history on Saturday by scoring his first professional goal, one of two Y9 goals against expansion side Atlético Ottawa in 2-2 draw at The Island Games.
In finding the back of the net, the 16-year-old Wright became the youngest scorer in league, besting 17-year-old Tyler Attardo’s record for Valour FC last season.
“It’s a bit strange, with the circumstances, but still fantastic,” Wright told CanPL.ca from his hotel room in Charlottetown, adding he was just sorting through messages from friends and family back in the Greater Toronto Area.
“Oh man, so many messages. Haven’t had a chance to go through them, taking a bit of time.”
The Brampton, Ont. native was signed by York9 in late July, on a CPL-record four-year contract, as a replacement for Argentinian midfielder Brian López who was unable to get into Canada due to border restrictions.
Wright’s goal with 30 minutes left in regulation came just in time for the Nine Stripes, who found themselves floundering against a club who’d yet to play a game. On as a substitute alongside Max Ferrari, Wright and his fellow teenager combined in the 60th minute on a well-worked sequence which ended up spurring a second-half comeback for York9.
Despite the lack of game experience with Ferrari, Wright knew what his teammate was thinking on the play.
“I know Max loves to run at defenders even in training so, when I saw that one-v-one, I had a feeling,” Wright recalled about his first professional goal.
“I knew if he cut in he’d have a chance for a shot. When he ran forward, so did I.”