WILTON, Conn. The Wilton High School field hockey team won its lone state championship in 2006. But one thing was missing from that victory.
"Our coach always said a state championship isnt really a state championship unless we beat Darien along the way," Wilton goalie Lizette Roman-Johnson said.
Step one: check. The Warriors defeated their longtime nemesis in stunning fashion in the Class M state semifinals, breaking the Blue Wave's four-year grip on the state title. And Darien had its 93-game unbeaten streak snapped in the conference semifinals by Staples High School.
"I knew we had it in us. We had to get to the state finals, and now we're there," Wilton's Valentina Tudisco said. "I can't wait."
Now Wilton will try to win a state championship with the added satisfaction of having finally beaten the Blue Wave. The Warriors take on Branford at 10 a.m. Saturday at Wethersfield High School.
The most impressive aspect of the season is that the Warriors have only six seniors on their roster. They wrapped up the regular season at 14-2-0, their best record since their run to the state title in 2006. Wilton beat Fairfield Ludlowe and New Canaan en route to the conference title game but fell to Staples.
As the four-seed in the Class M state tournament, Wilton shut out Suffield in the first round and New Fairfield in the second round before needing overtime to edge Darien.
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