Wakefield earns 3-1 victory over Central Catholic in quarterfinals...

Nov 11, 2019 by

Meet Concord-Carlisle in semifinals Wednesday Published in the November 11, 2019 edition. By STEPHEN MARTELLUCCI LAWRENCE — In a physical and chippy game, especially late in the second half, the Wakefield High boys’ soccer team defeated host Central Catholic 3-1 in the Division 2 North quarterfinals on cold Saturday night in Lawrence. With that victory, the 13th-seeded Warriors improved to 10-6-4 as they will now take on Concord-Carlisle Wednesday night, 7 p.m. at Manning Field in the semifinal round. Meanwhile, the 12th-seeded Raiders, a team out of the Merrimack Valley Conference, ended the year at 11-9. “It was a heck of a game for us,” said Warriors head coach Ilir Ujkaj. “We fought for every ball and took it to them.” The Warriors controlled the territorial play for most of the first half and they...

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Warriors to host Dracut tonight...

Nov 8, 2019 by

Published in the November 8, 2019 edition. By DAN PAWLOWSKI WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield High football team is better off looking at strength of schedule rather than record when scouting tonight’s opponent. The Warriors will host Dracut in a Div. 4 North Consolation game at 7 p.m. Wakefield lost to Wayland 27-14 in the first round last week while Dracut fell to Revere 42-6. It was Dracut’s fifth loss in a row. But rather than examining the 3-5 record and doing the math to find the Middies have been outscored by an average of 40.2-9.6 during their current losing streak, Wakefield should consider Dracut’s opponents. Playing in an always talented Merrimack Valley Conference, Dracut’s losses have come to Billerica, Acton-Boxboro, North Andover and Tewksbury in addition to Revere. Div. 1 Acton-Boxborough was only knocked...

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How about that Guy?

Nov 7, 2019 by

Jacob’s OT game-winner sends Warriors to quarterfinals Published in the November 7, 2019 edition. By DAN PAWLOWSKI BILLERICA — In the end, only one Guy can be the hero. That’s just the nature of overtime soccer. So while there were many strong performances across the field yesterday at Shawsheen Valley Tech for a Div. 2 North first round boys’ soccer game, only one would be remembered for giving Wakefield their first playoff win in Div. 2 since, well, nobody really knows. That man was junior midfielder Guy Jacob. After nearly 95 minutes of gut-check playoff soccer combined with some tantalizingly close chances for Wakefield, senior captain John Summers found Jacob in a one-on-one situation up top. Jacob’s first shot was blocked, but he stuck with it, burying his second chance and before he knew it, ending...

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