Boys soccer team ties Melrose, 1-1
The Everett High boys soccer team earned a 1-1 tie at Melrose this past Saturday.
Marcus Viera reached the back of the Melrose net in the final 10 minutes to earn the deadlock for coach Pedro Blas’s squad.
Earlier in the week, the Crimson Tide came up on the short end of decisions to St. John’s Prep (5-1) and Revere (2-1).
Gulherme Meireles notched the goal against the Prep and Christian Pineda scored in the Revere contest.
“Overall, I’m pleased with the team’s performance,” said Blas. “We’ve been controlling the play in all of our games, but haven’t been able to finish our opportunities. However, I think we’re starting to click, and hopefully that will show in the coming weeks.”
Blas had words of praise for two of his players, center defensive midfielder Christian Pineda sophomore center back and captain Moses Herrera.
“Christian has been really stepping up for us,” said the coach. “We depend on him is so many ways.
“Marcus is only a sophomore, but he is very vocal and is a great leader on the field,” Blas said of Herrera, who plays club ball for GPS. “He plays with a lot of passion and wins every ball in the air.”
Blas and his crew were set to take on Medford this past Monday and will play at Malden today (Wednesday). They will entertain Acton-Boxboro next Monday and Somerville next Wednesday. All home games are under the lights at Everett Stadium with the opening kickoff at 7:00.
EHS girls soccer comes up short in two contests
The Everett High girls soccer team came up up on the short end of their two contests last week with non-league rival Dracut and Greater Boston League foe Revere.
EHS captain Carolann Cardinale scored the lone goal for the Lady Crimson Tide in the match with Dracut, a 7-1 loss, which was halted because of injuries.
“We had a slow start and fell behind after the first three minutes and never gained the lead,” said EHS head coach DeAnn.Gallagher. “Dracut started out stronger and more physical right from the start. The referees weren’t in our favor, which had a major impact on how the girls reacted both mentally and physically, which caused them not to play to the best of their capabilities.
“We had some scoring opportunities, but could not find the back of the net when we couldn’t get the ball off our foot quickly enough,” Gallagher added. .
The Lady Crimson Tide were back on the pitch the following day to host Revere at the Madeleine English School field.
“We had another slow start to the first half and it was difficult for the girls to get over the loss from the day prior,” said Gallagher, who noted that several of the girls are playing through injuries.
“We weren’t communicating and struggled to find one another. Revere was one step ahead of us and won a majority of the 50/50 balls,” said the coach.
Everett trailed 5-0 at the half, but refused to quit. After a pep talk during the intermission, the Lady Crimson Tide came out stronger to start the second 40 minutes of play.
“We looked a lot better at the start of the second half,” said Gallagher. “The ball was on Revere’s half for at least the first 15 minutes into the half, which allowed us to put a lot more pressure on their goalkeeper.”
Cardinale earned Everett’s first goal of the game off a “Bend It Like Beckham” corner kick that had a beautiful curve into the back of the net.
A few minutes later, the refs called a hand ball against Revere that resulted in a penalty kick, which promptly was delivered into the back of the enemy net by captain Carolann, cutting Revere’s lead to 5-2.
With the Everett team now pumped up, the Lady Crimson Tide earned another corner kick that was delivered nicely into the middle of the box by Cardinale. Fellow senior captain Dayeli Lopez Garcia had a nice one-touch which found the back of the net, slicing the Revere advantage to 5-3.
However, that would prove to be as close as Everett would get on the day, with Revere eventually prevailing by a score of 7-3.
Gallagher cited the fine play of sophomore Gitalia Boyce. “Gitalia had a great game,” said Gallagher. “She continued keeping the pressure on Revere and never gave up.
“This was great effort from the girls in the second half,” added Gallagher. “We saw how much better we can play when we play as a team and everybody has the same outcome in mind.”
Senior captain and keeper Samantha Perkins was unable to play because of a knee injury she suffered in the previous game against Dracut. Gallagher used two other girls in net, senior Leslie Oajaca Rojop and sophomore Mariana Madrigal.
“Both Leslie and Mariana did a great job and the future looks bright,” said Gallagher.
The Lady Crimson Tide have a busy week. They were set to take on Medford this past Monday and will host Malden today (Wednesday). They will entertain Salem on Friday at Everett Stadium at 4:00 and will play at Somerville next Wednesday.
Cross country teams compete at GBL Open
Both the Everett High boys and girls cross country teams competed in last week’s Greater Boston League Open, a pre-season meet among all of the GBL squads, last Wednesday at Macdonald Park in Medford.
“We had a good day at the GBL Open,” said EHS head coach Brendan Hahesy. “It was a preseason meet so there were no team scores, but we had some very strong individual races.”
Everett’s best performance of the day was turned in by Leslie Rojas, who finished in fourth place in the girls’ meet in her first cross country race.
“Leslie was very dedicated to her summer training and it paid off in a big way,” noted Hahesy.
On the boys’ side, Arthur Rosa was Everett’s top finisher, coming across the line in 23rd place overall . He was followed quickly by teammate Brandon Vaquero, who finished in 24th spot.
Tony Tang finished in 33rd place, followed by Jacob Jackson in 34th and Christian Simeon in 36th.
Everett entered three runners in the junior varsity race, Dyna Louis, Rothsydia Sylvaince, and Kein Lau. All three will make their varsity debut today (Wednesday) when Hahesy and his crew will make the short trek to Revere High School for their first dual meet of the 2019 season.
EHS field hockey team shows improvement
Although the Everett High field hockey team dropped its three contests this past week against non-league opponents Burlington and Lowell and Greater Boston League rival Malden, EHS head coach Melissa O’Donnell saw some encouraging signs in her team’s efforts.
“We got better and better with each game and we have some potential to play really well in the near future,” said O’Donnell, who noted the strong play of Elizabeth Peach and Ashley Fitzgerald on both defense and offense.
The Lady Crimson Tide will host GBL foe Revere tomorrow (Thursday) and then entertain Lowell next Friday, September 27.