CHS boys soccer team wins pair
The Chelsea High boys soccer team ran its winning streak to six games to improve to 7-1-1 on the season with a pair of victories this past week.
In a 3-0 win over Shawsheen Tech last Thursday at Chelsea Stadium, the Red Devils grabbed an early lead and never looked back. Humberto Suarez scored just three minutes into the contest when he one-timed a pass from Carlos Cartagena and delivered the ball into the back of the Shawsheen net.
At the 32:00 mark, the duo combined again, this time with Cartagena heading a direct kick from Humberto to make it 2-0 at the half.
Kevin Umazor-Torres put the icing on the Red Devil victory cake when he made a nice run from his defensive position to the end line and then did a nice give-and-go with Carlos Cruz for the 3-0 finale.
Chelsea traveled to Mystic Valley Monday and came away with a 4-1 win. The Red Devils spotted MV a 1-0 lead just three minutes into the contest, but Guillermo Suarez delivered a perfect strike just under the cross bar from 25 yards out to bring the match back to level at the 25:00 mark.
Chelsea then scored two goals in the final two minutes of the half to surge into a 3-1 advantage at the intermission. Catagena headed a goal off a cross from Umanzor-Torres and Christian Hernandez notched his first varsity goal with a nice strike of a bouncing ball. Angel Ruiz earned the assist.
Cartagena gave the Red Devils some extra insurance with a goal in the second half.
“Carlos has been doing it all for us at both ends of the field,” said CHS assistant coach Evan Protasowicki. “He really steadies our defense, where we have some younger players, and also provides a powerful force on the offensive end when we need it.”
CHS keeper Angel Figueroa went all the way in both matches.
The Red Devil were set to play at Northeast Regional yesterday (Wednesday) in a match that most likely will decide the champion of the Large Division of the Commonwealth Athletic Conference. Both teams are undefeated in league play, with their only blemish a tie that they inflicted upon each other in the second game of the season.
Northeast led 2-0 for the first 75 minutes of play in that one, but Chelsea scored two goals in the closing five minutes to snatch a tie from the jaws of defeat.
The Red Devils play at Somerville on the holiday on Monday and will host Lynn Tech Wednesday evening under the lights at Chelsea Stadium at 7:00.
Leclerc, Deras shine for CHS cross country
The Chelsea High boys and girls cross country teams traveled to Tyngsboro last Wednesday to face Greater Lawrence and Notre Dame of Tyngsboro.
On the boys’ side, junior Jose Leclerc was the overall winner, running away from two Greater Lawrence runners in the last 600 yards. “Jose had a fantastic race today, he ran smart and finished strong,” said CHS head coach Don Fay. “He is a competitive runner and willing to work hard to get better and likes to win.”
Unfortunately for Chelsea, Greater Lawrence had the next seven finishers to secure the victory. Junior Alex Pedreo finished in ninth place and Adriel Cedano was next in 13th, followed by freshman Abraham Barrientos in 19th and junior Eric Benitez, who crossed the line in 21st place.
The final tally showed Greater Lawrence winning by a score of 20-43.
“Greater Lawrence year-in and year-out is one of the top programs in the CAC,” said CHS head coach Don Fay. “This is a great example for our kids of a championship program.”
The Frank Kelley Invitational that had been scheduled for this weekend was canceled because of inclement weather. The Red Devils were set to travel to Greater Lowell yesterday (Wednesday) and will meet Northeast Regional and Minuteman Vocational in a tri-meet next Wednesday.
On the girls’ side, sophomore Yarid Deras prevailed over Greater Lawrence’s top girl by 12 seconds, but finished third to Notre Dame’s top two girls and lost for the first time this season.
“Yarid went out strong and led early,” said Fay, “but the two girls from Notre Dame reeled her in and were able to beat her on their home course. Next time they meet it will be on a neutral course, so hopefully the result will be different.”
Senior captain Melanie Nguyen was 11th overall and sophomore Jocelyn Poste was 12th. Senior Owliyo Mohamed came across in 17th and freshman Karina Avalos in 23rd.
NDA topped Chelsea by a score of 18-41 and Greater Lawrence defeated the Lady Red Devils 22-36.
The girls also were rained out of Saturday’s invitational meet. They were set to face Greater Lowell yesterday (Wednesday) and will meet Northeast and Minuteman next Wednesday.
CHS football team at Whittier Saturday
The Chelsea High football team will be looking for its first win of the season when the Red Devils trek to Whittier Tech Saturday morning. Kick-off is set for 10:30.
Chelsea came out on the short end of a 36-4 decision Saturday at Greater Lowell.