Capping one of the strongest seasons in recent memory with two double-overtime playoff games, the Wilton High School boys soccer team came thisclose before falling (3-4) to Daniel Hand High School in the Class L State Championship on Saturday, Nov. 23. Despite the loss, the team has earned major props in the Connecticut high school sports community.

As sports columnist Dave Ruden wrote in his “Ruden Report” commentary following Sunday’s game, “It would be difficult for a team to be any more valiant in defeat than Wilton was in today’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Tigers, the three-time defending champions. Hand had to make sure its tank was on empty to shake Wilton, which three times overcame deficits in a game that will rank with the best finals in state history.”

The team’s deep bench brought with it a wellspring of perseverance and dedication, as described by one of its 15 senior players, captain Parker Ward, who told Ruden, “The fight that these boys have is unreal, this group is something special,” said the Warriors’ Parker Ward. “There’s no denying it. We never give up. We always play to the last whistle and that’s what we did today.”

Read the rest of Ruden’s column, here…