Another win and another shutout for the Watertown High School field hockey team, but for more than a half Wilmington kept the Raiders from getting on the board.
The 2-0 victory Friday afternoon at Victory Field moves the Raiders (18-0) into the MIAA Div. 2 North Section semifinal.
Wilmington (11-7-2) packed its entire team inside the circle for much of the game and pressured Watertown’s players when they had the ball. The Wildcats’ goalie, Rose Cuozzo, came far out of the goal to challenge the Raiders.
The first half ended with an untimed corner where Watertown brought its entire team up to attack the goal. Watertown junior Kourtney Kennedy got off a shot, but Cuozzo reached out for a kick save and the first half ended.
Kennedy faced a physical defense from Wilmington, and appeared frustrated at times. The Wildcats were called for two green cards and one yellow card resulting in a players being sent off for five minutes.
Despite this, Kennedy made Wilmington pay, taking a pass from Maddie Leitner and blasting a shot from around 10 yards out and hit the back of the net to give Watertown a 1-0 lead less than four minutes into the second half.
The chances kept on coming for Watertown. Senior Michaela Antonellis got the ball down low, dribbled around and outstretched goalie and knocked the ball in for a 2-0 Watertown lead with five minutes left in the game.
The section semifinal will be against Weston, which beat Gloucester 2-1. The game will next week at Reading High School. The day and time are yet to be announced.