Warriors dedicate performance to Wakefield’s Ryan Butterworth

RYAN BUTTERWORTH, a third grader at the Dolbeare School, was the star of the show at the girls’ soccer game against Shawsheen on Friday. The Warriors dedicated their 8-0 victory to Ryan. To help in the fight against pediatric cancer, log on to www.go4thegoal.org.

Published in the September 26, 2017 edition.


WAKEFIELD — Friday the WMHS girls’ varsity soccer team had a home game against Shawsheen Tech at Walton Field.

The game had special meaning as The Warriors laced up their boots with yellow laces to raise awareness and money for pediatric cancer and the girls dedicated it to Dolbeare School 3rd grade student Ryan Butterworth.

The Warriors came out strong in the first half and put up three goals before the break without conceding a goal.

“We had a bunch of different goals from a bunch of different players,” coach Martin said following the victory. “Great job finishing, crashing the net.”

Though they held a 3-0 lead at the break, coach Martin felt that her team could have played better.

“We didn’t actually play that well in the first half, we played better against Watertown,” she said, but she was pleased with how her team came out for the second half.

“We responded well after halftime,” Martin said, “We made it to halftime, they responded quickly out of the half with a couple of goals right after halftime so that was good.”

In the second half the Warriors kept the pressure on, as they scored just after halftime. They’d go on to score four more times in the second half as the Warriors easily coasted to an 8-0 win.

It was total domination for the Warriors from the first kick, as the girls were constantly putting the Shawsheen defense on guard. Had it not been for some mishit shots, the first half score would have been much larger for the Warriors.

Senior captain Hailey Lovell netted a hat trick in the Warriors win; she also assisted on a goal.

Lovell was the only Warrior to net more than one goal, but six Warriors found the back of the net in total.

Paige Dube, Christina LeBlanc, Lillian Jones, Caroline Hurley, and Hannah Dziadyk all had goals along with Lovell’s hat trick to account for the eight Warrior goals.

Brooke Lilley had three assists for Wakefield, while LeBlanc, Lovell, and Olivia Dziadyk had the other assists in the scorebook.

Senior goalie Courtney Hill was asked to make only two saves in the Warriors’ goal, keeping Shawsheen at bay on each attempt.

Wakefield was boosted by the return of senior defender Meagan Gibbons as she’d been out since the first game with a wrist injury.

After losing to Winchester, Reading, and Lexington the Warriors have gone 3-0-1 in their last 4 games including home wins over Watertown and Shawsheen to get their record back over .500 at 3-3-1.

Looking ahead, the Warriors have a big week coming up with games against Melrose and Stoneham.

“There’s not going to be any easy games this year, especially in our league,” Martin said of the upcoming week.

“We’re looking to get better and better each day and keep the momentum going to get our record way above .500,” the coach added.

“Now we’re above .500, we want to keep that going, working towards the state tournament, that’s our main goal.”




Goals: Lovell-3; H. Dziadyk-1; Dube-1; Leblanc-1; Lillian Jones-1; Caroline Hurley-1