A 4-0 win over Bishop Fenwick gave the Watertown High School field hockey team a good start in its effort to win the school’s 10th straight MIAA State Championship.
The Raiders, top seed in the Div. 2 North Section bracket, hosted the first round game against the 17th-seeded Crusaders Friday afternoon at Victory Field.
Senior Gabby Venezia started the scoring for Watertown with a goal 6:19 into the first half. She scored on a restart in the Bishop Fenwick end when she fired a powerful shot, which hit Fenwick goalie Lauren Wilkinson’s pad, flew into the air, landing near the line and rolled into the net.
Catherine Connors doubled the lead with 2:56 left in the first half when she scored off a corner. Junior Ally Kennedy assisted on the tally.
In the second half, Kennedy scored a goal of her own, when the shot she fired from near the top of the circle deflected and arced into the back of the net with 14:54 left in the second half. Venezia got the assist.
With 6:40 remaining in the game, the Raiders passed the ball around the circle, and Connors found Shannon Hughes alone on the back door. She tipped the ball in to make it 4-0.
Watertown improves to 17-0-1 on the season, while Bishop Fenwick (9-9-2) ended its season, having previously beat Tewksbury in the preliminary round.
The Raiders host the North Section quarterfinal at 10 a.m. on Sunday, when they take on ninth-seeded Ipswich, a 3-2 winner over Pentucket.