Begin front end of a back-to-back today vs. Woburn

THE WARRIOR field hockey team picked up another huge road win, this time against Arlington, 4-3 on Tuesday. (Donna Larsson Photo)

Published in the October 5, 2017 edition.

WAKEFIELD — The WMHS field hockey team traveled to Arlington on Tuesday looking for a big league win.

The Warriors started fast and took a 3-2 lead into the half before holding on to beat Arlington 4-3.

Wakefield came out strong, scoring just minutes after the start of the game. Olivia Cameron made a nice pass out of the midfield to fellow co-captain Vanessa Kaddaras on the forward line, who then started a quick give-and-go to Alyssa Vacca. Vacca’s return pass was right on the stick and Kaddaras did the rest, giving the Warriors a swift 1-0 lead.

The second goal showcased the Warriors’ transition game as they started on their own 30-yard line. Hope Melanson had a free hit in which she made a nice pass to Cameron who quickly dished it off to Kaddaras and back to Cameron for a dizzying goal, showcasing Wakefield’s excellent passing game, especially between Kaddaras and Cameron who always know where each other is on the field.

“Those first two goals is what set the tone for us,” said Wakefield head coach Cara Luca. “We needed to come out quick and with intensity.”

The Warriors were then awarded a corner and capitalized when Kaddaras received a pass from Cameron and pushed it into the net, giving Wakefield a 3-0 lead.

While Arlington would come back to score two in the first half, Wakefield entered the break ahead, 3-2.

Each team scored a goal in the second half. Wakefield got the deciding goal from Anabella Forziati who received a pass at the far post from Kaddaras.

Kaddaras finished with two goals and two assists; Cameron had a goal and an assist; Forziati had a goal, and Vacca had an assist, paving the way for an impressive offensive performance.

“Our offense clicked today and that is what we needed,” said Luca.

Wakefield got another strong game in net as Alexa Pesce picked up the win, recording five saves.

“Alexa had a good game in net, she made some key saves” said Luca. “Defensively, we had a good game after making some adjustments. We played man-to-man to shut Arlington down in the circle and preventing their passes to the post. We are now focused on Woburn and Saugus this week.”

The JV field hockey team also picked up an impressive win over Arlington. Coaches Laura McNeil and Stephanie Dembro set up a nice game plan to help their team shut down the Spy Ponders, 2-1.

The varsity Warriors had just one day to rest up and practice as they get ready for a back-to-back starting today, 3:45 p.m. against Woburn at Shaun Beasley Field. Wakefield then hosts Saugus tomorrow, same time, same place.