Lucas Almeida, dynamic scorer for the Hall High School boys soccer team, announced Sunday he plans to join the UConn program.
“Being from Connecticut definitely makes it more special,” said Almeida, who is nearing the end of his junior season at Hall. “I went to a couple of games when I was little, maybe 11 or 12, and I was like, ‘This would be a great place to go.’ It was amazing before this [new] stadium. Imagine now, with this stadium.
“... Other people get good crowds, but not like UConn.”
[ Hall’s leading striker Lucas Almeida has a scholarship offer from UConn and his eyes on another boys soccer state title for the Warriors ]
Almeida has 34 goals and eight assists for Hall this season, and had 19 goals in his COVID-19-shortened sophomore season. Hall is 12-0-4 this season.
“I’ve been doing this 27 years and he ranks right up there with the top players I’ve ever coached,” said Zeke Seguro, Hall’s coach. “Very gifted. ... The most impressive thing is this past spring in the under-16 division, at the club level, the best players in his age group, he put in 49 goals in 22 games. He’s going to be able to produce right away [at UConn].”
Almeida visited Providence and Boston College before deciding on UConn, which opened a renovated Morrone Stadium and new training facility, the Rizza Performance Center, last year. The Huskies finished 7-7-2 this past season.
“I like the way they play, attacking soccer,” Almeida said, “because I’m an attacking player. I also like the coaching staff, Ray Reid and Mike [Miller]. They’ve had lots of good players in the past and they keep pushing them to get to the next level, and I think Ray will definitely push me to get to that next level. That’s why I chose UConn.”
Reid has been UConn’s coach since 1997, including the 2000 national championship team, College coaches cannot comment on recruits until they sign their national letter of intent.
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