THE WARRIOR boys’ soccer team celebrated their 2021 season at their annual banquet recently. Wakefield finished 2nd in the Freedom Division and made the D2 State Tournament. (Courtesy Photo)
WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield High boys’ soccer team held their annual end of the season banquet recently.
The Warriors honored their nine seniors, announced new captains, congratulated Middlesex League All-Stars and distributed team awards.
Wakefield finished the regular season with an overall record of 6-5-7. They went 4-2-4 in Middlesex League Freedom Division play, good for second in the division with 12 points. Watertown also secured 12 points with a 5-3-2 divisional record but the teams tied both of their matchups this year and Wakefield outscored their Freedom opponents 18-8, better than Watertown’s 13-10. Melrose was first in the Freedom with a 9-1 record. After Wakefield and Watertown was Stoneham (9 points), Burlington (5 points) and Wilmington (2 points).
The Warriors punched their ticket to the new Div. 2 statewide tournament, earning the No. 25 seed out of the 39 tourney teams.
Wakefield traveled 214 roundtrip miles to the Cape to meet No. 8 Nauset Regional in the first round and came up just short 2-1, after a hard-fought effort.
Will Garside, Nick Pilleri, Mardin Minasian, Braden Carroll, Matt Sellers, Matthew Conley, Michael Leary, Diego Winsor and Alex Fata were the members of the Class of 2022 who were thanked for their years of dedication to the program.
This year’s captains, seniors Braden Carroll, Michael Leary and Matt Sellers, handed over leadership to next year’s captains, current juniors Lucas Kehoe, Ethan Margolis and Nadeem Rizk.
Carroll, Margolis and Rizk were the three members of the Warriors named to the Middlesex League All-Star team.
Team awards went to Matthew Conley (Unsung Hero), Nadeem Rizk (Golden Boot), Reid Festel (Captains’ Award), Michael Leary (Coaches Award), JJ Faulkner (Most Improved Player), Alex Fata (Tom Nestor Award) and Braden Carroll (MVP).