For the second postseason in a row, the Wakefield Warriors are at it again.
After a so-so regular season, the boys high-school soccer team earned the No. 5 seed in the National District Tournament, then won the title with a 3-0 record, all upsets on the road and avenging two regular-season losses.
Wakefield (9-6-1) blanked the No. 2 seed Justice Wolves (formerly J.E.B. Stuart) in the May 17 championship game on a first-half penalty kick by senior captain Christian Pereira. The penalty kick was set up when C.J. Robinson was taken down by the Justice goalie in the goalie box on a long-ball situation.
The Warriors' defense, with sophomore goalie Alex Temoshok making a number of key saves, did the rest to preserve the shutout, the team's third this season, and extend Wakefield's winning streak to six.
Wakefield's other 2019 district-tourney wins came when the Warriors downed No. 4 seed Falls Church, 2-1, in overtime the first round, then eliminated top seed Lee in the semifinals on penalty kicks. The Warriors lost to both in regular-season play.
"We knew we had a good chance to do well in the tournament because we had played all of the teams tough during the regular season," Carrasquillo said. "With about two games left in the regular season, the guys started playing with a lot more energy and playing harder, and that has carried over. The chemistry has picked up at the right time. We have capitalized on some opportunities."
A year ago, Wakefield won only three regular-season matches, then got hot in the playoffs, eventually finishing second in region-tourney play (on penalty kicks in the title game) and advancing to the state tournament for the first time in team history, losing in the first round to eventual champion Albemarle.
"We didn't win a district title last year, so we hope this gives us a boost in the region," Carrasquillo said.
Region-tournament play starts May 28 for Wakefield with a first-round home game.
In the 2-1 overtime win over Falls Church, Guillermo Garcia scored the regulation goal off an assist from Abenezer Shewago. Then in the third overtime off a free kick, Shewago scored the game winner.
In the semifinals against Lee, Garcia gave Wakefield a 1-0 lead, then the game was tied at 1 heading into penalty kicks, when Tomshok made the winning save on Lee's fourth shot. Garcia, Shewago, Pereira and Troy Zientara made Wakefield's penalty kicks.
"Our defense held strong in all three games, and Alex was huge making some big saves," Carrasquillo said.