The Danbury boys soccer team is coming off a regular-season title, losing the FCIAC final in overtime to Trumbull and advancing to the Class LL quarterfinals. The Hatters had a deep lineup, led by center back Tyler Warren, who was generally considered the league’s best player.
Danbury has a lot of talent coming back, including Warren, who is driven to end his high school career with a championship. His future beyond high school is similarly bright.
TRR: Last year’s FCIAC final against Trumbull was a classic that you ended up losing in overtime. What do you remember most about the game?
TW: Oh, my gosh. That was a tough game. That was the closest we have been to an FCIAC title in some time so it would have been nice to win it. I remember having all the chances we had that we just couldn’t put away. It came down to the second overtime and (Trumbull’s) Jason (Weinstein) was able to get that rebound.
TRR: Many coaches were public with their belief you were the best player in the league. What did that mean to you?
TW: It certainly is great to get recognition obviously. It was really nice of the coaches to say that, especially after my sophomore year getting All-FCIAC West and going straight to All-New England. It was a big jump.
TRR: The team has had some recent disappointments, from losing in the FCIAC final last year to having to forfeit your state semifinal victory two years earlier. Is that a motivation for the team?
TW: Definitely. This is going to be my fourth year, my last year playing high school soccer so I really want to go and leave my legacy with having a championship trophy. That would be huge.
TRR: What is happening with you and recruiting?
TW: I have been talking to five schools and looking to make a decision soon. I’ve been talking to Northwestern, Northeastern, Monmouth, UMass-Amherst and the University of Hartford.
TRR: What’s your favorite thing to do when you’e not playing soccer?
TW: Actually I like to play golf. I work at Richter Park so I get to play for pretty cheap so it’s fun to get out there and play.