Sports Report: Regular Season Winding Down, Field Hockey and Boys Soccer Teams Eyeing Deep Playoff Runs
WCA-TV – Watertown High School has two fall teams that have already clinched playoff berths; boys soccer and field hockey. The Raiders field hockey team has been absolutely dominant per usual this year while the soccer team has been rolling as of late, especially when playing on the road.
Boys soccer faced a tough division rival in Melrose. For the first half the Raiders defense was tested and they stepped up to the challenge. Senior Captain Luke Murphy did a great job eliminating scoring chances. Goalkeeper Devon Breen made an excellent save, coming ten yards off his post and aggressive smothering the attacking chance. The Raiders drew first blood behind the leg of Ruben Sara who netted a goal of a fortunate rebound. Great defense continued in the second half as a couple free kicks were nullified, especially a long set piece play that Jafiah Edwards and Murphy reacted perfectly to. The Raiders made one defensive mistake, and it was a massive one. Chris Iannetta and Cody Begg both misjudged a through pass that led to the eventual tying goal. Watertown will finish the season by traveling to Wilmington and then hosting Newton North.
Field Hockey played two games since our last Sports Report. They won both games by a combined score of 10-0. Last Friday they hosted divisional opponent Melrose on Senior Night. The Raiders will graduate five seniors; Gabby Venezia, Olivia Lampasona, Shannon Hughes, Catherine Connors, and Alessandra Solari. With some added motivation, the Raiders steamrolled Melrose on route to a 7-0 victory behind goals from Venezia, Hughes, Connors, and others. On Monday they hosted out-of-conference opponent Danvers for a very entertaining game. It was a back and forth game throughout the contest. Catherine Connors broke the stalemate with a quick goal in the third minute of the game. Goalie Elaine Andrade had more action than previous games but came up big in goal when he number was called. Goals from Misic and a second from Connors put the game out of reach.
Unlike the boys soccer and field hockey teams, the Football team has struggled mightily this year. One major reason was injuries to Mange Camara and Yoseph Hamad who is out for the year. The Raiders welcomed Wakefield Memorial to Victory Field. The Raiders had two great developments before the game. One was honoring the graduating seniors and the other was welcoming back star running Mange Camara. Wakefield scored first on fourth-and-goal. Watertown would respond behind a massive gain by Camara on a Nick McDermott pass. On fourth-and-goal they cannot convert and give it back to Wakefield. Fast forward to the third quarter where the Raiders trail 21-6. Off a McDermott scramble, the Raiders were able to get within one score. Momentum seemed to swing into favor of Watertown after a huge gain on a punt return. The offense stalled on three plays and decided to kick a field goal. With five minutes and 42 seconds the close field goal attempt goes wide left, and that was the nail in the Raiders’ coffin.
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Produced By: Produced by: Andrea Santopietro, Assistant Director
Dan Hogan, News Producer
Mark Aiello, Videographer
Written by: Steven Accardi
October 25, 2018