The explosiveness the Wellington boys soccer team showed throughout the postseason was on display early in the Division III state championship game Nov. 10 at Mapfre Stadium.
The Jaguars scored three first-half goals and beat Bluffton 4-0 to capture their first state title.
Ahmet Ozer scored all three first-half goals for Wellington, which outscored its seven postseason opponents by a combined 40-0.
The Jaguars, who were making their first state tournament appearance, finished 18-2-3, while Bluffton, which also was in a state final for the first time, finished 18-3-2.
“It’s like a dream come true,” Ozer said. “I never thought I’d score a hat trick on this stage, but it’s amazing what happened.”
With 21 minutes, 10 seconds left in the first half, Wellington goalkeeper Aurius Calloway made a diving save on Bluffton’s Tayton Kleman.
The Jaguars then took a 1-0 lead when Ozer scored off a pass from Henry Lin with 20:41 remaining in the half.
Ozer made it 2-0 when he took a pass from Freddie Lin, made a spin move and scored with 16:36 left in the half and he completed the hat trick by scoring off a pass from Eli Dulle with 9:14 left before halftime.
Freddie Lin added a goal with 18:09 remaining in the game off a pass from Henry Lin.
“We (outscored our opponents) 40-0 in the tournament and we won 4-0, so I think there’s some poetic justice to it,” coach J.J. Bain said. “The moments where they had some offensive success was also going to be a dangerous moment for them when we won the ball back. We’ve been scoring early in the tournament and obviously it allows us to keep more possession, be more patient and really force the other team to come out and extend.”