Tough stretch for Everett High boys soccer
The Everett High boys soccer team dropped all three of its contests this past week, and all were by shutout scores.
In last Monday’s contest at Chelsea, the Crimson Tide controlled the play and had many more scoring opportunities than their Red Devil opponents. However, Chelsea made the most of its chances and came away with a 2-0 win.
“It was a very frustrating game for us,” said EHS head coach Oswaldo Constanza, whose squad had battled Chelsea to an exciting 2-2 deadlock the previous week. “We dominated much of the game with them, but we couldn’t put the ball in the net.”
Wednesday’s 1-0 loss to Somerville proved to be more of the same. Somerville’s lone tally came off a set piece, a free kick on which the Highlander player made a nice header. However, other than that, the Crimson Tide once again had the better of the play and generated excellent scoring opportunities, which included a shot that hit the post and two others on which saves were made on the goal line.
The Crimson Tide then dropped a 4-0 decision to Lowell Saturday. “Lowell is a good team and they broke down our defense,” said Costanza.”We out- possessed them, but we never found our rhythm on offense.”
The Crimson Tide, who now are 5-6-2 on the season, need six points in their final five games in order to qualify for the state tourney. They were set to meet Medford this past Monday and then will host Randolph Friday evening and Malden Monday evening at Everett Stadium at 7:00.
“We have a few days off between our games with Medford and Randolph, and that will give us a chance to work on some of the areas of our game that we need to improve upon,” said Constanza.
EHS volleyball team plays well in loss
The Everett girls’ volleyball team played with renewed purpose in the season’s first home game last Wednesday at Everett High School (a problem with the EHS gym floor had forced the team to move back to the Lafayette School for the start of the season), but still came up short in a rematch against league opponent Somerville, falling in four sets.
The Lady Crimson Tide battled hard from the start, grabbing a 13-10 lead thanks to aces by juniors Ariele da Cunha and Nyomi Dottin. Captain Sabrina Moreta tallied four kills, but it was not enough as Everett lost the first set, 25-23.
“We missed nine serves,” said EHS head coach Mike Fineran, “but I liked the way we battled. Even with those mistakes, we were right there.” Senior Sabrina Augustin had two aces to pull Everett to within one, 18-17, and Co-Captain Jocelyn Portillo scored to make it 24-23, but a missed serve gave the Lady Highlanders the 1-0 set lead.
Moreta stepped up in set two with an impressive five aces in six points to give Everett an early 5-2 lead, which Everett then built to a 17-10 advantage that the Tide would not relinquish. Senior Jasmine Harding had a kill and three aces of her own as Everett took set two 25-17.
However, serving would prove to be Everett’s undoing in the final two sets. “There’s the saying, ‘Live by the sword, die by the sword.’ Well, we live and die according to our serves,” said Fineran. “We couldn’t keep the momentum going from the second set because we missed our first three serves and missed eight overall. We didn’t have anyone serve more than two in a row until we were down 22-12. It wasn’t our only problem that set. We didn’t move, we watched a lot of balls drop in, we couldn’t get an attack going,” said Fineran. “The silver lining is that we fought back in game four.”
Everett servers hit three of their first four serves out, but settled down and fought to take a 7-6 lead behind two kills from Augustin. Two aces by Harding pushed Everett’s lead to 11-7. Everett led 12-10, but strong serving from Somerville erased the deficit and gave the Lady Highlanders a 19-12 lead. Da Cunha had back-to-back aces to make it 19-15 and Moreta had a kill and an ace to make it 20-18, but that’s as close as Everett would get, dropping the set 25-20.
“That was a crazy match. In a lot of ways, and at certain times, we played well, but ultimately we did not play well enough,” said Fineran. “We know what the mistakes are, we know how to fix them. We have to stop making them if we want to give ourselves a chance.”
Fineran noted that his team had two up-tempo practicesThursday and Friday in preparation for the six remaining games in the last two weeks of the season. “The team is loose, we know what’s at stake. We’ve got to rise to the challenge,” he said.
The Lady Crimson Tide were set to play host to Lowell Monday before traveling to Medford Wednesday and to Lynn Classical Friday.
pop Warner Roundup
The Everett Crimson Tide A team
The Everett Crimson Tide A team tasted the bitter fruit of losing when they fell 22-14 to Lawrence at Veterans Memorial Stadium. It was their first loss in four outings this season. Everett started off looking good when Elijah Hawkins sprinted 14 yards for the only score of the first quarter to make it 7-0 after the conversion. Lawrence scored early in the second quarter but after Everett stuffed the conversion attempt the score was 7-6. Everett responded with a thrilling 80 yard catch and run from Caleb Suttles to Jovary Thermidor. Suttles toss to Kiwani Williams made for a 14-6 lead. Everett then suffered defensive lapses and breakdowns and Lawrence took advantage by scoring twice before the break for a 22-14 lead. This score would be the eventual final score as both teams traded possessions in the second half with no scoring. The turnover bug also plagued Everett as a couple of golden opportunities came up short when the ball came loose. The A team looks to get back in winning form when they host Burlington next Sunday. ROLL TIDE !!!
The Everett Crimson Tide Pop Warner C team
The Everett Crimson Tide Pop Warner C team evened their record to 2-2, after an 0-2 start, thanks to a convincing 36-8 thumping of the Mission Hill Buccaneers.Everett recovered an onside kick on the first play of the game and quickly converted it into the scoring column with a one yard plunge by Frankie Vasquez to cap a 50 yard drive. On the ensuing kickoff, Everett once again tried some trickery and again recovered an onside attempt. This resulted in yet another 50 yard drive culminating in a three yard dive by Marcus Mack. Vinny Carbone added the conversion. Everett continued the scoring with a 14 yard dash by Egan Gouveia. Vasquez threw to Gouveia for the extra point making it 20-0 at the half. Gouveia dashed 70 yards to open the second half with another Tide tally. Carbone tossed to Tyler David for the point after. Carbone added a 5 yard run with David adding the point to finish Everetts scoring. Mission Hill eked oput a score between Everetts last two scores for a final of 36-8. Head Coach Ralph Faia, and coaches Angelo Carbone, Dan Lucey, Cam Cameron and two old guys who volunteer their wisdom since their ages total 112, are very pleased with the progress of the team after a slow start.