Danbury is the last unbeaten team in the FCIAC at 6-0-4 and it is largely that way because of the play of its defense.
The Hatters are particularly strong in the middle of the backline with juniors Aidan Coleman and Tyler Warren forming a nearly impenetrable wall in front of the goal.
“I think I have two phenomenal centerbacks,” Danbury coach Anthony Howard said. “We have Tyler Warren who is probably one of the best defenders in the state. Whenever someone says to me, ‘oh they have a good striker’ that doesn’t bother me because I know I have such a solid centerback.”
The team has only allowed two goals against once this season, on a wet and sloppy grass field at Warde. Every other game they have allowed one or nothing.
Howard said the strength of the defense makes everyone on the field better.
“It builds confidence,” he said. “We know we are going to be tough to beat because we have such a good defender. It gives the rest of the team that confidence to try and do things going forward. It’s been the springboard of our season, so far.”
WILCOX KEEPS WINNING
If you polled state soccer fans as to which team owned the longest regular-season winning streak, it might take them a few guesses to get it right.
The answer is Wilcox Tech of Meriden.
The Indians hold the state’s longest current regular-season unbeaten streak at 38 games, going back to the 2016 season where they finished 10-2-4 but did not lose over the final 13 games.
The team went 15-0-1 last season, earning the No. 2 seed in the Class L tournament before losing to Wilton in the opening round.
The team is currently 10-0 and again at the top of the Class L standings.
Wilcox has been led the past two seasons by the elite-scoring duo of all-state forwards Chris Aceves and Kelvin Cortez, both of whom are once again lighting up the CTC.