It took overtime, but the Watertown High School field hockey team moved to the North Section semifinals by defeating Wayland 1-0 on Saturday.
Freshman Elizabeth Loftus scored the lone goal 3:28 into overtime to give the Raiders the win at Victory Field. The winner came from a wrist shot.
Loftus told the Boston Globe: “‘This has to go in, this has to go in,’ that’s all I was thinking,” Loftus said, “ ‘This has to go in.’ ”
The game was tied 0-0 after regulation, but the Raiders came close to scoring. Twice in the second half it looked like Watertown had scored when senior Ally Kennedy hit the back of the net, but they were called back for dangerous shots.
The Raiders, top seed in the North, beat the Warriors team which has a roster that includes three boys.
Read the Boston Globe’s coverage of the game by clicking here.
The Raiders will play in the North semifinal on Wednesday at Lynnfoeld High School. The time and opponent have not been determined.
Boys Soccer Hosting Tourney Game
The Watertown boys soccer team opens the 2019 state tournament by hosting Weston on Monday.
The Raiders (12-4-2) earned the third seed in the Div. 3 North bracket. They will face 14th seeded Weston (4-10-4) at Victory Field at 7 p.m. in the first round matchup.
The winner will move on to the North quarterfinal against either Dracut or Melrose on Wednesday.