Waning Seconds Goal Sends Panthers Past Trojans In Thrilling Finale

Updated: Nov 16, 2019

With the seconds ticking away and the SWC boys' soccer championship on the verge of going to overtime, Pomperaug ended it with 27 seconds to play in regulation. Andrew Doan headed Jack O'Brien's left side throw-in into the top near corner of the goal with just 27 seconds remaining, sending the second-seeded Panthers to a 2-1 triumph over No. 1 Weston, in the rain at neutral site Newtown High on November 7.


"You can't ask for better than that," Pomperaug Coach Joe Mancini said. "I'm ecstatic. The team's been through so much. They've been working hard."


Weston had erased a 1-0 halftime deficit after Doan had given Pomperaug its first lead off an assist from Jaden Hozer. Weston's goal came when Janak Sekaran's long, high shot with 10:11 left, moments after Weston goalkeeper Devin Riley made a leaping save, one of his ten stops in the game.


"We was unbelievable," Mancini said of the Weston goalie, before giving his keeper some credit as well.


The Panthers got strong play from third-string keeper and freshman Zack Farren. "He did a great job. He was composed," Mancini said.


Doan earned MVP recognition.



The Pomperaug Panthers celebrate their title.


Andrew Doan, right, scored both Panther goals in the championship game.



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