Watertown boys’ soccer wins double-OT thriller

Third-seeded Raiders will host Dracut in Division 3 North quarterfinals at Victory Field on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m.

Victoria Pires, Raider Times staff

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After a cold and tiring game, junior Nicholas Dipace scored in the second overtime, with only five minutes left before shootouts, to lift the Watertown boys’ soccer team over Weston on Monday and advance the Raiders in the MIAA playoffs. 

“We’re gonna get a goal within the first 10 minutes, I’m calling it,” sophomore Sean McCusker bet with his teammates — and that’s exactly what happened! 

The student section at Victory Field and the players on the sidelines went absolutely crazy when Dipace hit the ball in from a corner kick.

“It was very ecstatic scoring that goal and it was a very uplifting moment for me.” Dipace commented after the game.

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Watertown celebrates after Nicholas Dipace scored the game-winner in the 3-2 Raiders’ MIAA Division 3 North tournament victory over Weston at Victory Field on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019.

Weston (4-11-4), the No. 14 seed, was eliminated from the Division 3 North tournament. The Raiders (13-4-2), the third seed, will now host sixth-seeded Dracut (13-8) at Victory Field on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. 

Junior Cody Begg, thinking back on the tensions during the overtime break after technical difficulties with the Victory Field lights, said, “Overall, amazing win.” 

“I thought the team showed great character, rallying back and then fighting through injuries to win it after having to do with so many obstacles.”

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Rodrigo Freitas scores a free-kick goal for Watertown High School in its MIAA Division 3 North tournament game with Weston at Victory Field on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019. The host Raiders won in double overtime, 3-2.

The boys kicked the game off with a free-kick goal from junior Rodrigo Freitas. The Raiders got their second goal from junior Caiden Kiani and the game went into overtime tied, 2-2.

Junior Kenan Canca said, “The game was intense and hectic, to be a part of something like that is special and the fans were supporting us till the end. Our captain was injured, but playing with everything he had showed the effort it takes to win.” 

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Watertown celebrates after Rodrigo Freitas scored a free-kick goal in the Raiders’ MIAA Division 3 North tournament game with Weston at Victory Field on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019. The host Raiders won in double overtime, 3-2.

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The fan section at Victory Field was packed as the Watertown boys’ soccer team played Weston in the MIAA Division 3 North tournament on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019.

 

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The Watertown High School boys’ soccer team plays Weston in a MIAA Division 3 North tournament game at Victory Field on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019. The host Raiders won in double overtime, 3-2.

–Nov. 4, 2019– 

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