Boys soccer team
edges Chelsea, 2-0
The Everett High boys soccer team claimed the Battle Across the Parkway title for 2014, defeating Chelsea, 2-0, Monday evening at Everett Stadium to complete a sweep of the two games this season between the ancient rivals.
“It was a great soccer game,” said EHS head coach Oswaldo Constanza. “Both teams went at each other up and down the field for the entire 80 minutes and gave everything they had. The game was very physical, but at the end, the players congratulated each other. The teams have a great deal of respect for the other and exhibited true sportsmanship.”
Crimson Tide senior captain Edgar Escobar proved to be the difference-maker, scoring both goals on powerful strikes from distance (about 30 yards out).
“Their defense gave Edgar just a little bit of space and he took full advantage,” said Constanza, who also noted the fine play of senior fullback Luis Monteiro and junior forward Gustavo Medeiros. “However, this was a total team effort. Everyone who played contributed in some way to the victory.”
Last Friday the Crimson Tide made the long trek to Lowell and came up short, 1-0. The lone goal of the contest came on a perfect shot from about 25 yards out by a Lowell player at the 30-minute mark of the first half.
Other than that strike, Everett held the advantage for most of the game, maintaining the better of the play, but proving unable to provide the finishing touch to reach the back of the Lowell net.
Despite the loss, Constanza was pleased with his team’s performance, especially that of his defense.
“We’ve been implementing a new system, a flat four on defense instead of a stopper-sweeper combination, and there has been some adjustment for the boys because they’ve played the latter for almost their entire careers,” say Constanza. “The game with Lowell seemed to be the first time that we truly utilized the concept against a quality team.”
Constanza cited the fine play of his starting defensive foursome of center backs Carlos Alvarez and Albert Insixiengmay and outside backs Carlos Acevedo and Javier Aguilar, as well as the stellar goalkeeping of Diego Ojopi.
Constanza and his crew will host a rematch with Lowell Monday evening on the holiday at 5:00 and will travel to Medford Wednesday.
Girls soccer falls
to Somerville, 3-1
Although the Everett High girls soccer team came out on the short end of a 3-1 decision in its contest with Somerville last week, EHS head coach DeAnn Larrabee was pleased with her team’s performance.
“This was one of our best games of the season,” said Larrabee. “We played a full game for 80 minutes from start
to finish, but we just fell short.”
Senior Maddy Maldonado notched the Everett tally, assisted by Kenya Teixeria. Kenya sent a nice through-pass between the defenders to Maldonado, who outraced them to the ball and then let fly a shot from about the 18 yard line that beat the Somerville keeper.
The marker made the score 2-1 at the time, but Somerville tallied the next goal to seal the Lady Crimson Tide’s fate. Larrabee cited the fine play of junior defender Casarra Roderick, freshman midfielder Jocelyn Duran, and sophomore midfielder Erin Bessler for their all-around fine play in the contest.
Larrabee and her crew have a busy week ahead with five games in nine days. They were set to host East Boston last night (Tuesday); entertain Methuen tonight at 7:00 under the lights at the Stadium; travel to Saugus Friday; return home on the Monday holiday for a 3:00 encounter with Lowell; and then trek to Malden next Wednesday.