CHS gridmen drop
opener, play at Nashoba
The Chelsea High football team, under the direction of new head coach Rasi Chau, came up short in its season-opener last week at Mystic Valley, 18-0.
Mystic Valley scored touchdowns in each of the first three quarters to earn the victory in a contest that was played Saturday afternoon on the Malden Catholic field.
“We’re a young team and continue to grow everyday at practice,” said Chau. “We have a lot of young guys playing varsity on both sides of the ball, including a freshman center, Henri Martinez, who is doing a great job handling that position.”
Freshman quarterback Matthew Sinh-Carranza earned his first start as signal-caller, as did freshman wide receiver Roger Calix Del Rio.
“Ivan Soto Heyer did a great job playing on both sides of the ball and led the team in tackles,” said Chau, whose 2018 squad will be led by captains Santiago Quinterro, Anthony Del Rosario, Jesus Matos, and Naythen Rosario. “Rigo Flores also played well on defense. First-time starters Ivan Erazo and Richard Flores also stepped up, playing their first varsity game.
“We also have various young starters, mostly sophomores, on defense and offense. I am proud of my guys on how well they took on our first test,” the coach added.
Chau and his Red Devils, who will take on the role of Road Warriors this season while Chelsea Stadium undergoes renovations, travel to Nashoba Valley for a contest Friday evening.
“Nashoba is a very good team,” noted Chau.
CHS volleyball team
defeats Nashoba, 3-1
The Chelsea High volleyball put it all together to earn a 3-1 victory at Nashoba Valley Tech Tuesday afternoon.
Leading the way for the Lady Red Devils was senior Jessica Martinez, who served nine aces, set eight assists, and delivered one kill.
Seniors Alex Arroyo and Masireh Ceesay also turned in nice efforts serving the ball with five aces and four aces respectively. Masireh also added three kills.
Junior Briana Maldonado added four aces and sophomore Ana Severino contributed nicely to the victory with two aces, two kills, and one block.
The Lady Red Devils host Lynn Tech today (Thursday) and Northeast Regional tomorrow. They entertain Mystic Valley Tuesday and trek to Presentation of Mary Academy next Thursday.
Boys soccer team
The Chelsea High boys soccer team improved to 2-0 on the season with a 3-1 victory over Shawsheen Tech last Thursday on the Highland Park turf.
Delmer Romero scored the first two goals for the Red Devils in the opening half. His first marker, coming at the 30-minute mark, was assisted by Victor Rodriguez, who delivered a pass to Romero at the corner of the 18-yard box, from where Delmer launched a strike that caught the Shawsheen keeper a bit off his line to the far post.
Four minutes later, center midfielder Carlos Gutierrez-Lopez crossed a ball into the box from right to left. Rodriguez took the ball off the bounce and cleanly beat the keeper to make it 2-0 at the half.
Although the Red Devils had numerous opportunities to put the game away after the intermission, they were unable to capitalize on their chances. Shawsheen, which was playing in a defensive-minded formation, then caught the CHS defense playing too far forward and a bit flatfooted. Shaw sheen made a quick counter, resulting in a breakaway to slice the CHS lead to 2-1 with about seven minutes to play.
With their previously-safe lead now suddenly-precarious, the Red Devils resumed their attack with increased intensity, eventually netting in an insurance goal a few minutes later. A shot by Braynor Padilla from outside the 18 struck the cross-bar and ricocheted to Gutierrez-Lopez in the box. Carlos buried the ball into the back of the Shawsheen net for the 3-1 finale.
Senior keeper Roberto Portillo went all the way for the victory.
“We let down a bit in the later stages of the second half and Shawsheen caught us off guard,” said CHS assistant coach Evan Protasowicki. “However, we snapped back to life and were able to get that last goal to cement the win.”
CHS head coach Mick Milutinovic were set to travel to Greater Lowell today (Thursday) and will host Lynn Tech tomorrow at Highland at 3:30. The Red Devils are off until next Thursday, when they will entertain Essex Tech at Highland at 4:00.