The Everett High boys soccer team earned a 3-3 tie with non league rival Xaverian Monday in a contest that featured some “unusual” refereeing calls, to put it kindly.
Although a red card was called on a Xaverian player early in the game, the ref allowed Xaverian to substitute a player for the offending player. Under international soccer rules, including high school, a red card should mean that the team not only loses that player, but has to play a man down for the rest of the game.
The Crimson Tide then saw a potential win slip from their hands when a penalty kick was awarded to Xaverian with about five minutes to play for a reason that never was discernible to Coach Fred Jannino and his team. The conversion by Xaverian of the PK knotted matters at 3-3.
Everett had spotted Xaverian a 2-0 lead after the first half, but then stormed back with three goals after the intermission to take a 3-2 advantage. Senior Captain David Lima potted two markers and Edwin Martinez added the third goal. The duo also assisted on each other’s goals.
The Crimson Tide opened their season on a promising note two weeks ago with a 5-1 win over GBL foe Malden. Gabe Moya reached the back of the net twice with teammates Walles Nogueria, junior Captain Eric Chajon, and Lima also joining in the goal scoring parade.
Sandwiched in between those two contests were a tough 1-0 loss to Malden Catholic, in which the lone goal was an “own goal” when an Everett player inadvertently kicked the ball into his own net while trying to clear it, and a 5-1 defeat to GBL rival Cambridge. Martinez accounted for the lone Everett marker against the Cantabs.
The soccer boys host Somerville this Friday under the lights at the Stadium at 7:00. They
will travel to St. John’s Prep Monday and then to Medford next Wednesday.