The Staples soccer community was stunned by this afternoon’s death of Preston Hirten ’07.
The hard-working, ultra-competitive midfielder — one of the sparkplugs of the 2006 FCIAC championship, state finalist team — collapsed during a training session at the University of Mary Washington. CPR was immediately administered, but efforts to revive him failed. Further details were not available this evening.
“Preston epitomized Staples soccer,” said head coach Dan Woog. “Anyone who watched him play — who saw his combination of speed, skill, and above all determination — knew he loved the game, and loved being on the field with his friends.
“That team has been through so much,” Woog said, referring to the deaths of several fathers during and immediately following the season. “Tragedy united them, and made them stronger. They set a standard of soccer, competitiveness, camaraderie and humanity that is their legacy.
“This is the cruelest blow of all — and the most difficult test for them. I know the Staples soccer community will rally around them — and around Preston’s parents and his sisters — now, and in the days, weeks and months to come.”
StaplesSoccer.com will update information as it becomes available.