EHS boys soccer defeats Gloucester
The Everett High boys soccer team enjoyed a strong measure of success this past week, claiming a pair of ties and a victory.
In a 3-1 triumph over Gloucester, Andydavens Elysee scored the hat trick to account for all three of the Crimson Tide’s goals. Juan Meza Rojas and Diego-son Fleuradin assisted on two of the markers.
Everett earned a 2-2 tie with Portland, Maine, on Saturday, on goals by Elysee and Diego-son Fleuradin. Fleuradin and Victor Santos assisted on the tallies.
In a 1-1 deadlock with Lynn Classical this past Monday, Fleuradin, assisted by Elysee, reached the back of the enemy net to account for the Crimson Tide’s goal.
Coach Oswaldo Constanza and his squad will host Winthrop on Tuesday evening, Oct. 2, under the lights at Everett Stadium. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m.
EHS volleyball team
wins three, now 5-2
The Everett High ‘s volleyball team won three matches last week, running its record to 4-1 in the Northeastern Conference, 5-2 overall. The wins over Pope John, Malden, and Saugus have the Lady Tide in good position to secure their second straight tournament berth.
“Ten is the magic number,” said EHS head coach Mike Fineran. “We’re halfway there, but we need to keep fighting. Nothing is going to be handed to us, and nothing has come easy.”
It did not come easy last week, particularly after dropping the first set to an improved Pope John squad on Tuesday. Everett trailed for all but the first point of the set, despite three kills by senior Camila Morare and a number of digs from senior captain Anna Thomaz, as Pope John cruised 25-18.
Three aces by Morare gave Everett an edge early in the second set, and kills by seniors Janeka Vilmont and Kayla Gomes helped to maintain the lead. Junior libero Lorena Corbelli was rock solid in the back row, as she has been all season. Junior setter Saunti Burton served the final two points of the set, which Everett won 25-21.
Four kills from Vilmont and a pair of kills from junior outside hitter Bianca May helped power Everett to a 25-20 third set win. Vilmont, Morare, and Burton kept Everett’s momentum going in the fourth set, which Everett won 25-11.
“It did not look good for us early,” said Fineran. “But I like the way our leaders stepped up.”
On Thursday Everett traveled to Malden for an NEC matchup, a back-and-forth affair that would take five sets before being decided. Everett played without senior captain Ava Labella, but Fineran lauded his team for the way they handled adversity.
In the first set, Bianca May served six in a row to give Everett an early 9-5 lead, and Vilmont served six of her own to break open an 11-11 tie. Burton served three aces in a row to give Everett a 24-22 lead, but the Lady Crimson Tide could not put the Lady Golden Tornados away until Thomaz served the winning point, 27-25.
The second set was nearly identical, except it was senior Laryssa Souza who landed an ace to give Everett the set, 27-25. Burton had four aces, May had two aces, and Gomes had three kills in the set.
Everett looked to sweep the match after Eloiza Goncalves open the set with five service points, but Malden bounced back again and took the set 25-19. Five kills and three aces from May were not enough in the fourth set, which Malden won 25-18.
“We didn’t let up in the third or fourth set, but Malden raised their game and we took too long to match it,” said Fineran. “I liked how we closed the fourth set, though. We were down too much, but we got back to playing our game: good passing, solid setting, strong hits. I had a good feeling heading into the fifth set.”
That good feeling stuck around as Vilmont’s two aces put Everett up 4-1, and kills from Gomes, Burton, and May put Everett up 9-7. Hustle plays and strong defense helped propel Everett to a 15-11 win.
“It was an exciting game to be a part of, and it’s great to win those games,” said Fineran. “All our wins this year have been close, and that will likely be the case all season. We know nothing comes easy.”
Friday would be no different, as Everett had to battle Saugus without May and with Morare leaving with an injury in the first minutes of the match. Everett relied on their deep bench and on their veteran presence to secure a 3-1 victory.
Goncalves opened the match on a roll, nailing four aces en route to a 9-0 lead. Senior middle Daiehney Vaz had two kills and a block, senior defender Shakira Fedna added a kill, and Gomes blasted home the last four points of the set, which Everett won 25-11.
Seven missed serves in set two led to a 25-21 loss, but Goncalves got on an even better roll to start the third set, serving Everett to an 11-0 lead. Souza and Gomes each had a pair of kills as Everett won 25-12.
Burton had three aces, Thomaz had three, and Labella had two in the fourth set as Everett won 25-13. “We had a number of people step up at different times, and we’re going to need everybody going forward,” said Fineran. “We’re halfway there, but there’s a long way to go and a lot more work ahead of us.”
Finer and his squad were seeking to extend their streak at Revere yesterday (Tuesday) and will return home to face Peabody tomorrow (Thursday). They will travel to Lynn Classical next Tuesday.
Auguste produces on both sides of the ball
By Cary Shuman
Eli Auguste is enjoying his first season in the Everett High School football program and the junior receiver and defensive back is making an impact on both sides of the ball.
Auguste caught a 56-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Duke Doherty and also had a key interception in the fourth quarter of Everett’s 26-14 win over St. John’s Prep.
Auguste’s excellent contribution follows on the heels of fellow defensive back and receiver Mike Sainrisitil’s two-TD, three-INT effort versus Mansfield a week earlier.
A transfer from Malden Catholic, Auguste said he likes the way the Everett is spreading the football around on offense. “I’m getting active in the offense and I like to be involved,” said Auguste. “This was a good test on our homefield, the toughest game of the season so far. I’m happy to get the win, but we still have a more to work on.”
Everett’s defensive backfield has been a bright spot in the three victories. Mike Sainrisil, Jaden Mahabir, Samy Lamothe, and Robbie Riobe also kept St. John’s outstanding receiving corps and offense (74 points in its first two games) in check.
Auguste had a great day on the field, but his greatest memory may be of his twin sisters, Marella and Marabelle, smiling and congratulating him after the game. His mother, Martine, was also among the post-game well-wishers.
In attention-catching comments with reporters, St. John’s Prep coach Brian St. Pierre stated that his team was better-conditioned than Everett in the fourth quarter.
“I can’t fault the effort of my guys,” said St. Pierre. “We wore them out. They were tired. We were in better shape and we got after them, and they know it. They were tapping. So there’s a lot of good things that we can build off of, it’s just unfortunate to come out of her with an ‘L’, but it was a hard-fought ‘L’ and I enjoyed coaching my guys today.”
Duke Doherty added three more touchdown passes and now has nine for the season, putting him among the state’s leaders. Doherty again showed his toughness against a furious SJP pass rush.
You have to credit Everett’s defense, including Gilbert Kabamba, Wilson Frederic, Jason Iles-Smith, Giovanni Raduazzo, and linebacker Trey Sejour for helping to hold the Eagles well below their 37-point average. The Prep had defeated Havervhill (43-14) and Central Catholic (31-12).
Everett’s souvenir game program, which made its debut at the first home game, was distributed to all fans at the admission gates. The game program is second to none in high school football. In addition to the rosters for both teams, there are full-color group photos of the football team, the seniors, cheerleading squad, and marching band. The Everett High football program does everything first class.
Supt. of Schools Frederick Foresteire was pleased with Everett’s victory over a very good St. John’s Prep team. Foresteire agreed that the Everett-Prep rivalry has become one of the most exciting matchups on the schedule each year.
Everett plays at Lawrence Friday (7 p.m.).