United Hot Shots dedicate win to coach's father

The U-13 Trumbull United Hot Shots finished in first place in three of their four competitions, while going 12-1-2 on the season.

The girls won the Rocky Hill Tournament, their regular season league title and this past Sunday they brought home their postseason District championship with a 2-0 win over New Milford.

The Hot Shots advanced to the quarterfinals of the Connecticut Cup.

Coach Meghan Loughman’s team scored 47 goals on the season, while allowing just eight. All 19 players on the roster contributed in the team’s success.

Before the final at Indian Ledge this past Sunday, the players on the team dedicated the game to their coach’s late father. Loughman sometimes uses a whiteboard with the words “Today We Play For” on the top. The girls are encouraged to write down someone they are dedicating their effort for during that day’s game. Many times they mention their mom or dad or another family member or a friend.

Before the final on Sunday, all the girls wrote that they were playing for “Meg’s dad” and “Meg’s family” on the board. Thomas Loughman passed away last year at the age of 52.

After Trumbull won Districts, Meg Loughman handed out the trophies. There was the usual smiles and hugs during the presentation, and a few tears. Loughman told the team that it was her best season yet and how much their dedication meant to her.