CHS Football Team Hosts Cathedra
The Chelsea High football team will host Cathedral High in the consolation bracket of the state football tournament this evening (Thursday) at Chelsea Stadium.
The opening kickoff is set for 4:30.
The Red Devils dropped a 34-0 decision to Whittier Tech last weekend.
“We have a short week, so we need a good week of practice,” said CHS head coach Rasi Chau in anticipation of tonight’s contest.
Both Chelsea and Cathedral will be seeking their second win of the season in tonight’s matchup. The Red Devils are 1-6, with a 34-0 victory over Minuteman to their credit, while Cathedral notched a 30-0 triumph over Atlantic Charter School.
Reyes Wins CAC Meet
For the third year in a row, a Chelsea runner has captured the Commonwealth Athletic Conference individual championship at the CAC League Meet.
Red Devil senior Jazmany Reyes, following in the footsteps of former teammates Jose Leclerc (2017) and Justin Turner (2018), outran the field in Saturday morning’s All-CAC Meet that was hosted by Greater Lowell.
“Jazmany ran a great race,” said CHS head coach Don Fay. “He ran with the lead pack of about six or seven runners. In the last half mile of the race he took control of the race and ran to victory. When we were passing out bib numbers before the race, his bib number was ‘1’, which was a good precursor for what was to come!”
The Red Devils were looking to defend their 2018 league meet title, but were edged by the two teams that had defeated them during the regular season. Greater Lawrence was the winner of the meet and Essex Tech took second.
CHS sophomore Ian Padilla was the second Red DEvil to cross the line, coming across in ninth place overall, just missing all-star status by one spot.
Junior Oscar Amaya was the next finisher for the Red Devils in 11th place.
“At this point we were virtually even with Gr. Lawrence and Essex Tech,” said Fay. “However their fourth and fifth runners finished before ours.”
Ruben Padilla ran well, finishing in 19th place, while senior Joseph Serval crossed the line in 27th place, finishing as Chelsea’s fifth runner.
“All five boys ran personal bests from when we were here three weeks ago, but we are lacking a little in depth, which caught up to us at the league meet,” noted Fay.
In the girls’ race, CHS juniors Percy Melgar and Sade Rosales ran virtually the whole race together. Percy finished in sixth place with a clocking of 22:42 and Rosales finished eighth in a time of 22:57.
“Both girls secured all-star status with their placing,” said Fay. “Both Percy and Sade worked hard all season and ran a tough race. They should be proud of their accomplishment.”
CHS sophomore Gabby Rivera finished in 39th place for the Lady Red Devils. This Saturday both the boys and girls will compete in the Frank Mooney State Coaches Invitational Meet that will be held at the state training center in Wrentham.
CHS Boys Soccer Defeats Malden, 8-4
The Chelsea High boys soccer team unleashed its most potent offensive barrage of the season to record an 8-4 victory over Malden last Thursday.
Fredy Valle, assisted by Gabriel Garcia, got the Red Devils off and running with a goal at 7:05. Alex Uceda made it 2-0 just 50 seconds later with his ninth marker of the year .
Delmer Romero, the Red Devils’ leading scorer, notched his 22nd goal of the 2019 campaign six minutes later, assisted by Valle, to increase the CHS advantage to 3-0.
However, Malden came storming back. The Golden Tornadoes responded with three unanswered goals of their own within a six-minute span to bring the game back to level at 3-3.
The Red Devils counterpunched, with Romero finding the back of the Malden net two minutes later, assisted by Angel Contreras, and Darwin Tupul (his fifth of the year), assisted by Gabriel Garcia, scoring before the end of the half to restore the Chelsea advantage, 5-3.
Contreras reached the back of the Tornado net 10 minutes after the intermission to up the count to 6-3 and Romero notched the hat trick with an unassisted goal a few minutes later to make it 7-3. Malden added a goal late in the contest, but Romero answered with his fourth goal of the game, his 25th of the season, to account for the 8-4 finale.
This past Monday the Red Devils took on Somerville, the champion of the Greater Boston League this season, and came out on the short end of a 7-3 decision.
The Highlanders grabbed a 1-0 lead at 21:38, but Romero, assisted by Valle, responded to even the score, at 30:22. Somerville retook the lead at 36:50, but Valle answered back just 25 seconds later to leave matters at a level 2-2 at the half.
Somerville regained the advantage on a corner kick shortly after the intermission and then added three more goals within four minutes to move out to a commanding 6-2 lead.
Jordan Pena Viera got one back for Chelsea, unassisted, for his eighth goal of the season, but that would be as close as the Red Devils would get the rest of the way.
Coach Mick Milutinovic and his crew, who finished their regular season as champion of the Large Division of the Commonwealth Athletic Conference and with an overall record of 11-3-4, now will await word of their seeding and first round opponent in the Division 2 North sectional of the state soccer tournament.
The Red Devils will be among the top-seeded teams and should have a home game in the first round.
CHS Girls Soccer Defeats Minuteman
The Chelsea High girls soccer team celebrated Senior Night last Monday under the lights at Chelsea Stadium in appropriate fashion with a 3-2 victory over Minuteman Regional.
The Lady Red Devil seniors, Marissa Rivera, Carolina Bonilla, Kathelyn Menendez, Stefany Castillo, Kimberlyn Larios, Lisandra Molina, Danali Mejia, and Alejandra Ponce, were honored before the game in recognition of their contributions to the CHS girls soccer program.
“The girls were super excited to play this game and come away with a win,” said CHS head coach Randy Grajal.
Stefany Castillo took advantage of a mistake by a Minuteman defender to score the first CHS goal and Elena Ruiz made it 2-0 when she took advantage of a breakaway and delivered a beautiful shot from the top of the box to reach the back of the Minuteman net.
Chelsea took the 2-0 lead into the intermission, but Minuteman drew within 2-1 shortly after the start of the second half. However, Damaris Erazo responded a few minutes later when she struck the ball from 25 yards out with a powerful shot that beat the Minuteman keeper. Elena Ruiz earned the assist.
Minuteman refused to give up and scored a goal with 10 minutes to go to make things interesting, but amidst an up-and-down battle in the waning minutes, neither team was able to score again before the ref’s final whistles.
“The group was very proud of their win and very happy to have defeated such a good opponent to celebrate their Senior Night,” said Grajal.
Two days later the Lady Red Devils hosted Whittier Tech and came up on the short end of a 2-0 decision.
“Whittier scored both of their goals in similar fashion,” noted Grajal. “One of their girls was able to outrun our defenders to take a shot on our goalie.
“Defensive midfielder Danali Mejia played a great game covering their most dangerous forward,” Grajal added.
Last Thursday Chelsea made the long trek to Greater Lawrence Tech and engaged in a hard-fought contest that ended in a 1-1 deadlock.
Nancy Galdamez scored the CHS goal, assisted by Elena Ruiz.
“We controlled the game, but failed to score a second goal,” said Grajal. “Greater Lawrence was able to tie the game in the second half after we tried to clear a ball and it ricocheted off of one of our players to go in the goal.”
Grajal and his crew, who now stand at 6-10-1 on the year, were set to conclude their season this past Monday against Somerville.