NEW BRITAIN — As the final seconds ticked off the clock at Veteran’s Stadium, Hall boys soccer coach Zeke Seguro could not longer contain his emotions and the tears began flowing down his face.
The tears of joy were quickly washed away with water from the Gatorade bucket being dumped on his head.
After 25 years at the helm of the No. 5 Warriors, Seguro and his team are CIAC Class LL state champions, beating No. 14 Greenwich 3-1.
Seguro reached the finals for the first time last season, losing a 1-0 game to Glastonbury and his players vowed to get him back and turn the tears from sad to happy.
“Twenty-five years of hard work and trying to do it right. It is never easy in LL,” Seguro said. “We have had eight or nine deep runs in the tournament and it always ended up with a lot of tears in the locker room. We always said that one day we would do it, for everyone. To do it with this group, and with my son (Drew Seguro) on the team. With about a minute left, I finally believed we were going to do it. I love this.”
It is Hall’s ninth state championship but first since 1980.
Hall did it behind a relentless attack and a hat trick by sophomore Conlan Wilson.
Hall was in control early on, scoring with 23:29 left in the first half on Wilson’s first goal.
The Warriors almost added another goal several times but hit two posts and were turned away several times by outstanding saves by Greenwich keeper Paddy Colligan.
Greenwich survived the initial onslaught and began countering, breaking through with a goal of its own with 11:29 left in the half on a goal by Farid Ghaliya.
Greenwich had the better of play starting the second half, but could not get the go-ahead goal.
Hall kept coming and eventually broke down the Greenwich defense again, this time Wilson scored on a beautiful pass from Evan Jones with 17:32 remaining.
Wilson got his third goal with 14:17 left, sealing the win and Seguro’s
“For 65 minutes, we gave them a hell of a game. The first 15 minutes of the second half was our opportunity to get ahead and it didn’t come,” Greenwich coach Kurt Putnam said. “(Hall) is a fantastic team, especially in attacking. They exposed us, in the end. They played as well as they could have done against an incredibly good side.”
Conlan Wilson, Hall. Wilson’s hat trick game was the result of multiple players on Hall’s attack making plays to get him free near the goal but the sophomore was there to collect the hat trick.
“I never imagined that but it was so exciting,” Wilson said. “I t was really fun to o out there and put them away. It was so exciting. We have been working hard all year after losing in the finals last year. This was all for (Seguro).”