Watertown boys’ soccer wins another Middlesex League championship

Chris Gagnon, Raider Times staff

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The Watertown High boys’ soccer team defended its Middlesex League crown with an astonishing 3-0 victory over Burlington at Victory Field on Oct. 18, 2019.

“Great ball movement, ball control, and we dictated the pace all game,” stated coach Frank Cacia. “Great overall team effort. We got everybody in the game, which we’ve only been able to do twice this year.”

Watertown started off very strong in the first half with captain Gevork Karapetyan scoring a goal, and two more goals were scored by Arthur Metzker. The whole team worked as one assisting each other every second of the game, students in the bleachers made quite the ruckus cheering on the boys.

“We played great,” said Karapetyan. “Played a lot more as a team this game. And it feels amazing winning league, but we’re still hungry and want more, we want to succeed in the playoffs.”

The boys’ soccer team will find out about MIAA tournament pairings this week.

Raider Times photo / Leah Knipper-Davis
Members of the Watertown High boys’ soccer team pose after the Raiders clinched their second straight Middlesex League title with a 3-0 win over Burlington on Oct. 18, 2019, at Victory Field in Watertown.

Watertown 1, Wakefield 0 — Oct. 14, 2019

The Raiders boys’ soccer team triumphed again, beating Wakefield, 1-0, on Oct. 14, 2019.

“We played pretty well,” said captain Gevork Karapetyan. “A lot of individual play, but more team play. I think we played at a higher level than the games we lost, however, we could’ve cleaned some small mistakes up.”

Watertown and Wakefield matched each other, causing block after block, until Watertown scored with 20 minutes left for the win.

“Yeah, we came together, missed a couple of big chances,” said Karapetyan. “But our strategy was to play hard as a team, which caused up to get that final goal and win the game.”

Raider Times photo / Leah Knipper-Davis
The Watertown High boys’ soccer team clinched its second straight Middlesex League title with a 3-0 win over Burlington on Oct. 18, 2019, at Victory Field in Watertown.

Watertown 3, Burke 2 — Oct. 12, 2019

The Watertown boys’ soccer team ended up on top, defeating Burke High School, 3-2, at Victory Field, Oct. 12, 2019.

“We played a lot harder and we were hungry for the win. We understood how important this game was for us to get back on track.” stated senior captain Gevork Karapetyan.

Watertown started off strong with a goal in the first five minutes of the game. With the help of his teammates, Nick DiPace scored another goal 15 minutes in making the score 2-0. Watertown went up, 3-0, but just when it thought this would be an easy game, Burke scored two goals before the Raiders finished it off.

“We communicated more as a team, played like family, which led us to win,” stated senior Hassan Houjazy.

Raider Times photo / Leah Knipper-Davis
The Watertown High boys’ soccer team clinched its second straight Middlesex League title with a 3-0 win over Burlington on Oct. 18, 2019, at Victory Field in Watertown.

Reading 2, Watertown 1 — Oct. 10, 2019

The Watertown boys’ soccer team didn’t end up on top, losing to Reading, 2-1, at Victory Field on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019.

“We played individually today and not as a team,” said captain Gevork Karapetyan. “We have to train hard for the next few days because we have a very tough week ahead of us. Our winning streak made us think we were unbeatable and confidence turned to arrogance. These two losses are good learning points, no team is perfect. We’re gonna take them as motivation and bounce back.”

Watertown was down, 2-0, but when all hope seemed lost, Caiden Kiani scored a goal with the help of teammates.

After the loss, WHS coach Frank Cacia stated, “Not great, not enough energy and aggressiveness I would’ve liked.

“One tough loss after Woburn, some of my guys were injured and out-worked, but they played tough, which is the best thing they could’ve done.”

Raider Times photo / Leah Knipper-Davis
The Watertown High boys’ soccer team clinched its second straight Middlesex League title with a 3-0 win over Burlington on Oct. 18, 2019, at Victory Field in Watertown.

–Oct. 20, 2019–

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