CHS SPORTS ROUNDUP
Boys soccer team wins two, now 8-0-2
The Chelsea High boys soccer team won both of its contests this past week to remain undefeated wth an 8-0-2 record.
The Red Devils cruised past Northeast Regional, its traditional rival in the Large Division of the Commonwealth Athletic Conference, with a 5-1 victory this past Tuesday.
Chelsea jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first 11 minutes of the contest and never looked back. Senior Gabriel Contreras started the party for the Red Devils with a goal at 4:00 when he took a long pass from his brother, center back Angel Contreras, at the top of the box, settled the ball nicely with one touch, and then drilled a shot past the Northeast keeper.
Four minutes later, Gabriel Contreras assisted on the next Chelsea goal, delivering a corner kick that was headed into the back of the net by Chelsea’s other center back, captain Jose Gutierrez.
Delmer Romero, Chelsea’s leading scorer with 18 goals on the season, then delivered what amounted to a knockout blow three minutes after that when he made a nice move at the top of the box and launched a bomb that cleanly beat the beleaguered Northeast keeper.
Chelsea took its 3-0 edge into the intermission and added to its advantage midway through the second half when Eric Barahona delivered a rocket from 30 yards out that caught the NE keeper slightly off his line. The teams traded goals in the final 20 minutes, with Romero scoring off a nice through ball from Gerson Hernandez.
“We came out flying,” said CHS assistant coach Evan Protasowicki. “We got the big lead and never were threatened after that.”
The Red Devils handily took the measure of Nashoba Tech last Thursday, 7-1. Gabriel Contreras, assisted by Carlos Lopez, and senior Carlos Ayala, assisted by Gabriel Garcia, gave Chelsea a 2-0 lead in the opening half.
The Delmer Romero Show then took center stage, as the Red Devils’ top goal producer reached the back of the Nashoba net four times. Gabe Contreras potted his second of the game for the 7-1 finale.
Head coach Mick Milutinovic and his crew will seek to clinch a CAC Large title when they travel to Shawsheen today (Thursday). The Red Devils will trek to Presentation of Mary next Tuesday and then host Greater Lowell next Thursday.
CHS BOYS, GIRLS RUN PAST GR. LOWELL
Last Wednesday, senior captains Yarid Deras and Justin Turner had impressive wins to lead their respective teams to victory over Greater Lowell.
On the boys’ side, senior captain Julio Valladares came across the line in second place, 47 seconds behind Turner. Greater Lowell finished in the next two spots, but Chelsea grabbed the next three places to seal the meet.
Junior Jazmany Reyes, senior Wuilfido Hernandez, and sophomore Oscar Amaya finished fifth, sixth, and seventh respectively. Red Devil Limilson Tavares also contributed to the scoring by displacing Gr. Lowell’s fourth and fifth runners for a final score of 21-36.
“We ran a lot tougher than last week,” said CHS head coach Don Fay of his boys’ squad, which now stands at 6-1 on the season. The Red Devils were set to host Northeast Regional and Medford yesterday (Wednesday) at Admirals Hill in a tri-meet.
For the Lady Red Devils, senior captain Jocelyn Poste was the next Chelsea girl to cross the line after Deras, taking fourth place. She was followed by Yarelis Torres in fifth and Sarei Carreto in sixth.
Junior Karina Avalos secured the victory with a ninth place finish for a final score of 25-30.
The triumph improves the Lady Red Devils’ record to 6-1. They were scheduled to host Notre Dame of Tyngsboro and Northeast Regional yesterday (Wednesday) at Admiral’s Hill.
CHS GIRLS SOCCER WINS TWO OF THREE CONTESTS
The Chelsea High girls soccer team enjoyed a successful week, winning two of its three contests with victories over Greater Lawrence and Nashoba Tech.
In a 5-3 win over Greater Lawrence last Monday, the Lady Red Devils were paced by Nancy Galdamez and Damaris Erazo, who scored two goals apiece. Elena Ruiz added a solo tally and was credited with two assists. Kimberlyn Larios also earned an assist.
Three days later, the Chelsea girls edged Nashoba Tech, 3-2. Galdamez, Chelsea’s leading scorer, once again reached the back of the opponent’s net for two goals. Gitu Degefa struck for a single goal. Erazo assisted on two of the markers and Ruiz was credited with one assist.
Sandwiched between the twin wins was the Lady Red Devils’ lone setback of the week, a 2-0 loss to Whittier Tech last Tuesday.
“The group is finding its rhythm and we are looking forward to our upcoming games,” said CHS head coach Randy Grajal, whose squad now stands at 3-6-1 overall and 3-5-1 in the Commonwealth Athletic Conference.
Grajal and his crew are scheduled to host Notre Dame Academy today (Thursday) and entertain Presentation of Mary Academy next Tuesday.
CHS FOOTBALL TEAM FACES MINUTEMAN TONIGHT
It was a short week of practice for the Chelsea High football team, which will take on Minuteman Regional today (Thursday) at 7 p.m. at the Woburn High field.
The Red Devils dropped a 32-6 decision at Whittier Tech this past Saturday afternoon.
The principal highlight for the Chelsea gridmen was a 67 yard touchdown pass from Edward Escobar to Walter Gonzalez in the third period. Escobar came on in the second quarter in place of starting quarterback Matt Singh-Carranza, who had to leave the game with an injury.
Whittier capitalized on special teams opportunities to move out to a 26-0 lead at the half. The Red Devils made adjustments on defense after the intermission and yielded only a touchdown in the fourth quarter when the junior varsity players from both teams were on the field.
“This is our growing-pain season,” said CHS head coach Rasi Chau. “Our kids continue to keep getting better every week and I am proud of every single one of them and I’m proud of my staff, who continue to keep coaching these kids up every week.”
by Bob Morello
Bruins pick up the pace
Tonight (Thursday), the Bruins will host the Edmonton Oilers, led by the ‘master on ice,’ Connor McDavid, and former Bruin Milan Lucic. The Oilers come to TD Garden well rested, having opened the 2018-19 season at home last Saturday, October 6th. In that game the Oilers absorbed a 5-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils, putting their early record at 0-1-0, and four days off between games. The Bruins on the other hand have posted a 2-1-0 record with recent wins over both the Buffalo Sabres, and most recently their 6-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Monday, to start their current three-game homestand.
For Boston, Head Coach Bruce Cassidy admits that he is still sorting out his roster despite their two-game win streak. It may be that the China trip has factored in his being able to solidify his roster, although early in the season is the time to juggle the lineup to solidly identify the best combination of forwards, and the most comfortable defensive pairings. In reference to the China trip, the fact that half the preseason had one half of the team playing a pair of games in China, while the other half performed and practiced locally – might not be an issue, but time will answer that question.
The Boston performance versus the Senators once again was a glaring display of just how important Patrice Bergeron is to this Bruins team. His hat trick on Monday boosted his goals scored to four in three games. The Bs top line with Bergeron and wingers Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak, continues to be described by many as…the best line in the NHL – and with good reason as the three posted 11 points in the win over the Sens, and their combined point total in the three games to date, shines with a cumulative 18 points.
In Cassidy’s postgame interview, he sounded impressed with the play of Anders Bjork, the progress on Danton Heinen, as well as the play of newbies to the team, Chris Wagner who scored his first goal as a Bruin, and John Moore. Charlie McAvoy continues to play a strong, steady game, earning a trio of assists in the Senators’ game, with Noel Acciara and Sean Kuraly performing to fairly high standards to this point.
Following tonight’s Oilers invasion, the Bruins will next host the Detroit Red Wings on Garden ice (Saturday 3:00pm), before hitting the road for four games in seven nights, including three games on the West Coast, to face the Calgary Flames (Wednesday 10/17 @ 9:30pm), a stop in Edmonton (Thursday 10/18 @ 9:00pm), and a night with the Vancouver Canucks (Saturday 10/20 @ 10:00pm), finishing up their four-game road trip with a final stop in Ottawa on Tuesday, 10/23 @ 7:30 p.m..