Lewis Mills scores with 10 seconds left to beat Suffield and win state final

The Lewis Mills boys soccer team won their second state championship by beating Suffield with a goal with 10 seconds remaining. (Photo courtesy Lewis Mills Soccer via Twitter)

NEW BRITAIN, Nov, 18 – It has been 17 years since the Lewis Mills boys soccer team had played for a state championship and 20 years since they won one.

The Spartans added the second state championship in school history in dramatic fashion Saturday afternoon at Willow Brook Park. Nine-time champion Suffield scored twice to take a one-goal lead early in the second half.

But Dylan McCall scored with 10 seconds left in regulation to lift the No. 2 Spartans to a 3-2 victory and the Class M state championship. It’s the first pennant for the Spartans since 1997.

Mills (19-0-1) led 1-0 but No. 5 Suffield (16-4) scored on a penalty kick in the first half and took a 2-1 lead just minutes into the second half. The Spartans had not given up a goal in three previous tournament games. But they didn’t panic, tying the game on a score by tournament MVP John Mugnutt. Read more about the game from GameTimeCT.com.

Suffield was making its 13th appearance in the finals and their first since 2013 when they won three straight Class M titles from 2011-13. Mills lost to Avon, 3-2 in their last title game appearance in 2000.

See the state championship-winning goal, courtesy the Waterbury Republican American

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