Warriors can qualify for states with win or tie in final game Friday
Published in the October 24, 2018 edition
By DAN BYRNE
WAKEFIELD — Entering the final week of the regular season, the Wakefield Memorial High School varsity field hockey team needed four points from three games to reach the postseason State Tournament.
On Monday, the Warriors took their first step towards the playoffs with a 2-0 win over Saugus.
It was their final home game of the season, thus Senior Night and all 11 seniors for Head Coach Cara Luca were on the field to begin the game and at the final buzzer as well.
The Warriors got off to a strong start and at halftime held a 1-0 lead courtesy of Caitlin Cataldo’s first half goal. The Warriors worked the ball around in possession, as Lindsay Bergholtz fed Fiona Heffernan who connected with Cataldo on the opening goal.
With a 1-0 halftime lead, the job was halfway done. The Warriors would score again in the second half, doubling the lead and insuring that Saugus wouldn’t come back.
Erin Heffernan’s unassisted second-half goal was just enough to put Wakefield on top by an insurmountable margin.
The win meant Wakefield needed one win or two ties in their final two games to qualify.
Yesterday, Wakefield traveled to Melrose and tied their rivals 2-2.
The Warriors will need a win or a tie against Stoneham on their grass field on Friday, the final day of the season.