EHS Field Hockey Wins Two Contests
The Everett High field hockey team earned a pair of impressive victories this past week, defeating two non-league rivals, Northeast Regional, 6-0, and Greater Lowell, 11-1.
In the triumph over the Lady Golden Knights, a trio of Crimson Tide players, Kaylee Rossi, Omar Marshall, and Christina Snook, scored two goals apiece.
Marshall followed that performance with a quintet of goals vs. Greater Lowell. Snook struck the back of the GL net for two goals, Rossi added one, and the trio of Emma Longmore, Julianna Edwards, and Leo Figueroa scored their first varsity goals.
“We had great play by the whole team,” said EHS head coach Melissa O’Donnell, whose squad has a busy and challenging week ahead.
They took on Wakefield this past Monday and Revere yesterday (Tuesday). They will trek to Haverhill next Tuesday and entertain Malden at 7 Acre Park next Wednesday.
EHS Volleyball Team Wins Two, Now at 4–4
The Everett High girls volleyball team defeated Lynn English and Salem last week, running their record to 4-4 in pursuit of a state tournament berth, which requires either a .500 record or a power ranking among the top 32 teams in the state in their division.
After pulling out two five-set wins previously, the Lady Crimson Tide earned their first 3-0 victory of 2022 over Lynn English in front of a full crowd at Everett High School.
Everett rallied to take the first set, 29-27, with senior captain Michelle Ngo earning an ace at set point. Ngo had eight service points, four aces, and a dig for the match. Senior middle Vanessa Almonte had four kills and two blocks in the opening set, and junior middle Nicole Brandao served Everett back from a 24-19 deficit to a 25-24 lead. Vanessa finished the night with six service points and eight kills, while Nicole tallied five kills, one block, and two digs.
Everett served more consistently in the second set and cleaned up their passing as the game went on. Those passes helped senior Samela De Souza and sophomore Victoria Rodrigues combine for 16 assists. Samela also added a kill and Victoria served all 15 of her serves in, including three aces. Senior Alejandra Cajamarca had eight service points, three aces, and a dig. Sophomore Emilly Nogueira had seven service points with four aces.
EHS coach Mike Fineran called it a solid team win. “We played smart, made adjustments, and made fewer mistakes as the night went on,” he said.
Everett swept the next two sets, 25-17 and 25-19, to close out the match.
Everett came within two points of sweeping all of their matches in the week, but dropped their match against Somerville Wednesday in five sets, falling 16-14 in the deciding set. The Tide jumped out to a two-set lead, winning 25-18 in both sets, led by Almonte’s three kills, six more from Brandao, and 11 service points from Ngo.
However, an ankle injury to Cajamarca hampered Everett’s defense.
After playing flat and losing 25-19 in the third set, Everett had a chance to close it out in set four. Nogueira had three aces in the set, and Ngo, Brandao, and Almonte split six kills. Ngo served for the set, but Somerville earned a side out and took the set, 26-24. Neither team could generate momentum in the fifth set, before Somerville ultimately prevailed.
Everett responded to the loss with a resounding defeat of Salem Friday in the first rematch contest of the season. Senior setter Julie Miranda’s serves helped Everett climb out of an early hole, propelling the team to a 25-22 win in the first set. Miranda had two serving runs in the third set, including the last five points in a 25-7 rout.
It was more than serving that fueled the win, said Fineran. “Our passes and sets were excellent, and our hitters were finding holes all over the court,” the coach noted.
Rodrigues, Almonte, and Brandao again led the offense. “We adjusted and forgot mistakes quickly, and minimized their better servers,” said Fineran. “We got better as the night went on. It’s fun to watch them when they believe in themselves.”
Everett needs six more wins to achieve a .500 record in order to qualify for the postseason. They head into a tough stretch of the season, traveling to Saugus and Revere before rematches against Medford, Malden, and Chelsea. “Nothing is ever easy in our league,” said Fineran. “We need to focus on what we can control and not worry about anything else. If we do that, we should be in great shape.”
EHS Girls Soccer Tops English, 5-1
The Everett High girls soccer team earned a 5-1 victory this past week over Greater Boston League rival Lynn English.
Yelsa Garcia scored three goals for the Lady Crimson Tide to pace the Everett offense. Emilia Maria-Babock assisted Yelsa on her first goal. Yelsa’s second came when she put home a rebound off a save by the Lady Bulldog keeper. She notched the hat trick when she received a nice crossing pass from Luna Sephuveda and reached the back of the English net.
Layla Bentancur-Cardona started the scoring for the Lady Crimson Tide when she picked off a goal kick from Lynn. Maria-Babcock reached the back of the LE net when she took off down the left wing and dribbled right through the Lady Bulldog defense.
“As a whole, the team played very well and started passing the ball around, using every player,” said EHS head coach Domenick Persuitte.
Despite a 5-2 loss to Somerville, the Lady Crimson Tide put up a good fight.
“We came out very strong and caught Somerville off guard,” said Persuitte. “However, we couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net and Somerville scored two quick goals.
“Our goalkeeper, Jackie Manchado, played lights out and stood on her head,” added Persuitte. “I’m extremely proud of her for filling the position.”
The Lady Crimson Tide fought back to bring the contest to level at 2-2 in the second half on goals by Nubia Pereira, assisted by Alondra Flores, and Maria-Babock, on an unassisted effort in which Emilia took on the Somerville defense and found the back of the Lady Highlander net.
“Nubia Pereira had one of her best games so far.” said Persuitte. “Alondra Flores is a rising star at CDM and understands her role on the team.
“Another stand-out who is making waves on the team is Luna Sephuveda, who is killing it on the outside wing for us,” the coach noted.
“We had many injuries and players not at 100% health due to colds,” added Persuitte. “I am very proud of this team and how they fought against a very well-organized Somerville team.”
Persuitte and his squad are scheduled to host Lynn Classical today (Wednesday) and O’Bryant High of Boston on Monday. They will entertain Medford next Wednesday.
Strong Performances from EHS Golfers
Although the Everett High golf team came up short in a busy week of matches against Greater Boston League rivals Medford, Malden/Revere, Lynn Classical, and Lynn English, a number of the Crimson Tide turned in fine individual performances.
In the contest with Malden/Revere, David Saia won his match by a score of 6-3 and Carolyn Fama likewise defeated her counterpart, 6-3.
In the contest with Lynn Classical, Matt Turilli won his match, 5.5-3.5, and Fama once again topped her opponent by a score of 5-4.
Saia was the leading light for the Crimson Tide vs. Lynn English. David handily outpointed his Bulldog opponent by a wide margin of 7-2.
Coach Steve Gallagher and his crew are scheduled to host Somerville today (Wednesday) on the Tide’s home course at Stoneham Oaks.
Good Week for EHS Boys Soccer Team
The Everett High boys soccer team enjoyed a successful week, winning two of its three games against Greater Boston League (GBL) rivals.
Coach Pedro Blas’s squad defeated, Revere, 3-1, and Lynn English, 8-2, but fell to first place Somerville in a hard-fought contest, 2-1.
“We still have some growth to do, but we’ll be back stronger this week,” said Blas.
The Crimson Tide are scheduled to hit the road to take on three more of their GBL foes this week: Lynn Classical today (Wednesday), Medford on Monday, and Malden next Wednesday.