NORWALK \u2014 Eva Filipponi and her Wilton field hockey teammates have had the date circled on their calendars since the start of the season: November 19. That\u2019s the day of the state finals and for the Warriors, the moment has finally arrived. Filipponi and the defense delivered a shutdown performance and Riley Fitzgerald scored the game\u2019s only goal to lead second-seeded Wilton to a 1-0 victory over No. 6 New Canaan in the CIAC Class L semifinals Tuesday night at Testa Field in Norwalk. \u201cIt\u2019s a great team,\u201d Filipponi, a junior, said. \u201cEveryone on the team deserves to be on the field, we\u2019ve all worked together this whole season to get to where we are right now. We\u2019ve had this goal the whole year: Get to Nov. 19, play this Saturday and to be in this moment is just amazing.\u201d Wilton (18-2-1-0) will face No. 1 Darien (22-0-0-0) in the Class L final in Wethersfield on Saturday at a time to be announced. The Blue Wave defeated Glastonbury 5-0 in Tuesday\u2019s other semifinal, and beat Wilton 4-1 earlier this year. The Warriors are making their second straight appearance in the title game, after losing to New Canaan 3-1 last season. Wilton made a magical run to that final, and beat Darien 3-2 on penalty strokes in the semis. Wilton looked to build on that finish this fall.. \u201cWe talked about picking up from where we left off last year,\u201d Wilton coach Leon Kerr said. \u201cWe didn\u2019t start strongly, but once we straightened everything out, we started to move forward and put our plan into place.\u201d New Canaan (16-5-0-0), which lost to Wilton by a single goal twice, had many chances on Tuesday, and had the better of play during the first half, but simply couldn\u2019t break through. \u201cIt was a great game and I\u2019m so proud of this team,\u201d New Canaan first-year coach Megan Cunningham said. \u201cThey\u2019ve worked so hard and they\u2019ve shown up when they needed to. What really got us is we didn\u2019t execute on our outcomes. That\u2019s a bummer, but it happens sometimes and walking away from this season, I couldn\u2019t be prouder.\u201d Fitzgerald, a junior, scored 57 seconds into the second half after the Rams and Warriors played scoreless in the first half. Senior Nola Ryder assisted on the play. \u201cWe discussed (at halftime) that we needed to settle down, not get flustered and play our game,\u201d Kerr said. \u201cOnce we play our game, we\u2019ll be fine. We had quite a few chances and we could have gone up some more, but that\u2019s how it is.\u201d New Canaan had the ball in and around the circle several times while trying to equalize in the fourth quarter. Seniors Polly Parsons-Hills and Shawna Ferraro led the attacks. Wilton\u2019s defense, which featured Filipponi, Ashleigh Masterson, Katherine Costanzo, Elizabeth Kendra and Madeline O\u2019Neill among others, was tough to crack, despite that pressure by the Rams. After the loss, Cunningham praised the Rams\u2019 improvement this season, an example of which was their 2-1 win over Staples in the Class L first round. The Wreckers had handled New Canaan 4-1 in week one of the regular season. \u201cThey did what they needed to do this season and they grew, which is awesome,\u201d Cunningham said. \u201cThat was our first FCIAC game and the difference between those games was incredible to see. The amount of heart that every single person has put into this season has been amazing.\u201d David.Stewart@hearstmediact.com; @dstewartsports PLAYER OF THE GAME Eva Filipponi, Wilton: The Warriors\u2019 junior goalie collected six saves and led a defensive effort which held off consistent pressure from New Canaan QUOTABLE \u201cI couldn\u2019t ask for better support back there and we were able to keep the ball out as much as possible, especially in the last five minutes. There was so much movement in our circle, so keeping the ball out and running the clock as much as we could was really, really important.\u201d - Wilton goalie Eva Filipponi No. 2 WILTON 1, No. 6 NEW CANAAN 0 New Canaan 0 0 0 0 - 0 Wilton 0 0 1 0 - 1 Wilton: Riley Fitzgerald 1g; Nola Ryder 1a. Goalies: NC - Ellie Rosen 10 saves; W - Eva Filipponi 6 saves. Records: New Canaan 16-5-0-0; Wilton 18-2-1-0.