Field hockey: Wilton advances to state finals with 2-0 win

After being held to only one shot on goal through the first 51 minutes, the Wilton High field hockey team score twice in a span of about two minutes late in the game to escape with a 2-0 win over Lauralton Hall, in the Class M state semifinals Tuesday night at Fairfield Ludlowe High School.

The top-seeded Warriors (17-3-1-0) advanced to the state finals for the fourth straight year. They will face second-seeded Daniel Hand in the finals on Saturday at Wethersfield High School.

Bridget Ward broke a scoreless tie with 7:08 left to play when she knocked in a rebound in front of the Crusaders’ goal. Katherine Campbell made it 2-0 with 4:55 left, tipping a pass by Ward into the cage.

It was an exciting game that went up and down the field, with Lauralton Hall, the fourth seed, getting most of the good scoring chances. Amanda Hendry came up with three key saves in goal for Wilton midway through the second half to keep the game scoreless.

With 10 minutes left to play, the Crusaders had a 7-3 edge in penalty corners and 7-1 edge in shots on goal.

Hendry finished with seven saves in goal for Wilton. Meg Cunningham and Ward each had an assist.

For the game, Lauralton Hall had a 7-6 edge in corners and 7-3 advantage in shots on goal.