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By Michael Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor
The Westwood High School field hockey team is enjoying another successful season.
The Wolverines entered Friday’s regular season finale against Ashland looking to score one final key conference victory before getting after it in the MIAA state tournament.Thanks to some shutdown defensive play, the Wolverines (13-3-2, 9-3-2) came away with a 2-0 victory to finish the regular season winners of four straight.
A highlight reel goal by Kayla Conway less than 10 minutes in drew first blood for the Wolverines as the senior corralled a pass from junior Elizabeth Watson off of transition, dangled down near the end line before flipping the ball up and batting it out of mid-air off the Ashland goaltender’s back and into the back of the net for the early 1-0 lead with 25:11 to play in the half.Stellar play by the Westwood defensive corps as well as shutdown goalkeeping from senior Megan Brown allowed the Wolverines to carry their 1-0 lead into the halftime break. Following halftime, Westwood continued to carry the play. Abigail Crowley gave Westwood some insurance when the sophomore doubled Westwood’s lead to 2-0 with a rebound goal midway through the half.
The Wolverines constructed a wall of defenders to guard their cage in the game’s final 10 minutes, limiting the Clockers to outside shots and preserving the 2-0 shutout win for Brown.
Following the victory, Westwood was awarded the No. 9 seed in Division I South. They will take on 8-seeded rivals Needham in the first round on November 3.
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