Warriors face a tough Triton team tomorrow in Byfield
Published in the November 4, 2015 edition
BYFIELD — The Wakefield Memorial High boys’ soccer team is in the state tournament for the second straight year. This time the Warriors are seeking to have their postseason last more than one game.
To advance in this year’s tournament, the Warriors will need to beat Triton in a Div. 3 North first round game scheduled for tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Triton Regional High School.
Wakefield (6-8-4) is seeded 11th in the Div. 3 North Tournament while the Vikings (9-6-3) are ranked sixth.
The Warriors are in the tourney for the second straight fall due to the fact they finished in second place in the Middlesex League Freedom division. Still Wakefield wants to make the most of the opportunity and earn its first postseason victory since 1999.
Last fall, Wakefield faced M.L. rival Watertown in the first round of the tourney and lost by a 2-1 tally.
This time, however, Wakefield will be facing a Vikings team that finished fourth in the Cape Ann League Kinney division (the large schools) with a 7-6-3 record and 9-6-3 overall. Masconomet (13-1-2), Pentucket (11-2-3) and North Reading (6-4-6) finished ahead of the Vikings.
Triton posted a 5-2-3 record at home and was a pedestrian 4-4-0 on the road. So playing on its home field has been quite an advantage for the Vikings.
Wakefield will have to be aware of Triton’s all-star trio of Luke Reiniger, Eric Rybicki and Khalil Brito. Stopping those three and putting the ball in the net is what the Warriors will need to do to advance.
Triton is one one of the hardest teams to score on in the Cape Ann League according to another Cape Ann League coach. So scoring goals won’t come easy for the Warriors.
Head Coach Matt Angelo is in his fourth year as head coach and has led Wakefield to the tournament for the second straight season. Prior to Angelo taking over as head coach, the Warriors hadn’t been in the state tournament since 1999.
This fall, Wakefield has been led by senior captains Mark Melanson, Andrew Auld and Jonathan Ingalls.
Other returning seniors are Zack Dascoli, Andrew DeCecca and Mo Janga.
The returning juniors are Alejandro Winsor and Braedan Langlois.
The rest of the roster includes juniors Dan Sallade, Mike Leven, Jay Parece, T.J. Sellers, Dan Summers, Juan Maysonet, Ben Clark, Will Paarz and Anthony Spagnuolo, sophomores Dan Kerrigan, Cole Krauss, Ryan Ritchie and freshmen Carter Margolis and Aidan Cusack.
Should Wakefield prevail, then it will face third-seeded Pentucket (12-3-3) in the quarterfinal round on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Pentucket Regional High School.