Wilton beats Ludlowe on PKs, advancing to Class LL state final

STRATFORD — Stop us if you have heard this one before.

The Wilton and Ludlowe girls soccer teams tied each other in the regular season and the teams played in FCIAC semifinals with Wilton winning on PKs after a 0-0 finish.

Thereford, it should come as no surprise that the two FCIAC rivals would again find themselves tied, this time 1-1, after 100 minutes of regulation and overtime in the CIAC Class LL Semifinals at Bunnell.

And in a story No. 6 Ludlowe knows all too well at this point, it was No. 10 Wilton winning PKs (3-1) and advancing to the state championship.

The storied Wilton girls soccer program has appeared in 14 CIAC girls soccer state championship games, winning 10 titles with the last one coming in 2008 in Class L. This will be their first appearance in a Class LL title game.

“These guys deserve it. They worked their butts off this season,” Wilton coach Renalto Topali said. “We have had so many ups and downs and these girls are so resilient. This is a team like no other and they check off so many boxes. This is the first team to make it in Class LL so they are going down in the history books and they deserve it.”

Wilton will play another team it played twice this season in No. 9 Staples, which beat Wilton in the FCIAC Championship game and knocked off No. 12 Warde in their semifinal game.

The Class LL Final will be played at Dillon Stadium in Hartford either Saturday or Sunday.

In the shootout, Wilton keeper Erynn Floyd stopped two shots and the fourth attempt sailed it over the crossbar, giving Wilton the win. The Warriors made all three of their kicks.

“I personally react on PKs. There are different strategies, some people guess but I like to react because I trust my own instincts,” Floyd said. “I’ve been in a bunch of those situations. I use past history and experience and that helped me.”

For Ludlowe, it was another difficult way to go out after losing PKs in FCIACs now LLs.

“Again. Again. It’s a tough way to go,” Ludlowe coach Peter Nikac said. “I give my girls credit. We told them at halftime, ‘all in.’ They did that and we took it to them in the second half an overtime. Their game is to sit back and to their credit, it has been working for them all season to sit and play counter. We had our chances but we couldn’t convert.”

Wilton scored five minutes int the second half, capitalizing on a Ludlowe miscue and turnover on the defensive end, Mia Sommer picked up the loose ball and found the back of the net.

Ludlowe would turn up the attack after that goal, finally getting the equalizer with 16:09 left on a goal by Leah DeLaurentis off a nice pass from Caroline Spengler.

The Falcons would not be able to take the lead, despite controlling the ball for much of the final 40 minutes.


Erynn Floyd, Wilton: The senior keeper was on point with her two PK saves. She made 11 saves in the game though her defense limited most of those chances, forcing Ludlowe to shoot from distance.


“It’s so great to see what our program has done. Coming in, we didn’t think we would be in this spot. We’ve never been to a LL championship, this is a first for us. We are super excited and to have a rematch against Staples is something we are looking forward to.” — Wilton goalkeeper Erynn Floyd

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(Wilton 3-1 PKs)

LUDLOWE 0 1 0 0—1

WILTON 0 1 0 0—1

Scoring: W—Mia Sommer 1g; L— Leah DeLaurentis 1g; Caroline Spengler 1a

Goalies: Erryn Floyd 11 saves; L—Coco Marrelli 4 saves