CHS Roundup

CHS Football Hosts Whittier Friday Evening

The Chelsea High football team will host Whittier Tech this Friday evening at Chelsea Stadium. Kick-off is set for 7:00.

The Red Devils are coming off a 23-8 loss to Mystic Valley in a contest played last Saturday evening at the Malden Catholic field.

“Mistakes and over 100 yards of penalties killed us,” said CHS head coach Rasi Chau. “We need to do a better job from getting penalized.  Every time we get a good run or passing game going, we shoot ourselves in the foot.  We can’t be doing that if we want to win a game. Mystic was the better team that day.

“This week’s goal is to lay off the penalties and play every snap until you hear a whistle,” Chau added.

CHS Boys Soccer Blanks Two Foes, 6-0, to Win CAC Crown

Six was the lucky number for the Chelsea High boys soccer team this past week.

Coach Mick Milutinovic’s Red Devils completed their schedule against their Commonwealth Athletic Conference opponents with a pair of 6-0 victories over Lynn Tech and Greater Lowell. Chelsea finished the season with a 10-1-4 record against CAC rivals, giving the Red Devils the championship of the CAC Upper Division for the 17th straight season.

In Tuesday’s contest with Lynn Tech, Delmer Romero scored the hat trick, increasing his season goal total to 21, to pace the Chelsea offense.

The contest stood at 1-0 after the first 40 minutes of play thanks to Romero’s first goal at 23:50 on which Gabriel Garcia earned the assist.

The teams remained locked in a 1-0 duel for 27 minutes into the second half, but the Red Devils then erupted for a five-goal barrage in the final 13 minutes of to run away with the victory.

Angel Contreras made it 2-0 at 67:09 and three minutes later, Romero, assisted by Ceasar Melgar, gave Chelsea some additional breathing room with his second goal of the day.

Two minutes after that, Delmer reached the back of the Tech net for his hat trick, assisted by Alex Uceda. Melgar, assisted by Contreras, upped the count to 5-0 at 75:33 and Anderson Rodriquez applied the coup de grace, assisted by Uceda, with about two minutes to play. 

In last Friday’s 6-0 triumph over Greater Lowell, the Red Devils held a 5-0 lead at the end of the first half and never were challenged. Jordon Sosa and Gabriel Garcia scored two goals apiece to lead the Chelsea offense. Romero and Uceda also reached the back of the GL net. Garcia, Uceda, and Contreras all earned assists on the afternoon.

The Red Devils will conclude their regular season with contests against non-league rivals Malden today (Thursday) and Somerville (Monday). Milutinovic and crew, then will await word of their seeding and first-round opponent in the upcoming Division 2 North Sectional of the state tournament.

CHS Girls Soccer Defeats PMA, 4-0

Nancy Galdamez scored the hat trick and captain Elena Ruiz added a single goal to pace the Chelsea High girls soccer team to a 4-0 win over Presentation of Mary Academy last Tuesday.

Damaris Erazo and Stefany Castillo earned assists on two of the CHS goals.

“We controlled the game from beginning to end,” said CHS head coach Randy Graal. “The team showed great passing and ability to bring the ball up the field.”

Galdamez gave Chelsea an early lead with her first goal of the day at the 10 minute mark. Ruiz (assisted by Erazo) made it 2-0 just two minutes later.

Galdamez gave Chelsea a 3-0 cushion eight minutes before the end of the half. Castillo carried the ball down the left flank and crossed the ball to earn the assist.

With the Red Devils firmly in control, Grajal used the opportunity to give his new players some playing experience. Chelsea continued to play well in the second half and Galdamez capitalized on a mistake by a PMA defender for his third goal with 12 minutes to play for the 4-0 finale.

“I’m excited about the way the team is playing and we are finding a good rhythm from game-to-game,” said Grajal, whose squad now stands at 5-9 on the season. 

They are scheduled to trek to Greater Lawrence today (Thursday) and will host Somerville on Monday in their season finale.

CHS Boys Fall Just Short Vs. Essex

The Chelsea High boys and girls cross country teams hosted Essex Tech, Nashoba Tech, and Shawsheen Tech on the Red Devils home course at Admiral’s Hill last Wednesday in the final dual meet of the season. 

The boys handily defeated Shawsheen, 17-39, and Nashoba, 18-42, but came up short in a close decision, 25-29, to undefeated Essex.

“The boys team ran a gutsy race and had some terrific times, but unfortunately we fell a little short,” said CHS head coach Don Fay.

Senior Jazmany Reyes took control of the race with a half mile to go, running a personal record (PR) time of 17:32 (which is just one second off the course record). 

Sophomore Ian Padilla finished in fifth place, running a PR of 18:07. Junior Oscar Amaya was seventh, also turning in a PR of 18:13.  Ruben Padilla was 10th overall, taking 38 seconds off his best time on his home course.

Alex Estrada was the fifth runner for Chelsea, coming across the line in 18:58 and finishing in 12th place.

“Our top five runners all had personal bests on our course,” said Fay. “We had four runners at six minutes per mile paces or better and our fifth runner was under 19 minutes. Usually that would allow us to win, but Essex has a very strong top three which made it very difficult to beat them when they went second, third and fourth on us.

“Hopefully we can regroup and run a little better at the league meet this Saturday at Greater Lowell,” Fay added.

On the girls’ side, junior captain Percy Melgar was fifth overall in the quad meet, running 22:57.  Teammate Sade Rosales was sixth overall in 23:15. Senior Ana Chang was eighth with a clocking of 23:55 and sophomore Gabby Rivas was 20th, coming across in 25:25.

“Our top three were within a minute of each other,” said Fay. “We are hoping for a couple of girls making the top seven in the league meet which will earn them all-star status.”

On Friday night in Falmouth, both the boys and girls competed in the Twilight Meet held at the Barnstable Fairgrounds. 

“This is the second year we have done this race,” said Fay. “It was one of the highlights of last year’s season.  We had had two days in between races, so I didn’t expect too much. However, we had some nice performances even with the short rest.”

Senior Jazmany Reyes ran 17:32 on the 3.1 mile course.  Freshman Nate Nadow ran 13:45 for the 2.1 mile course. Alex Estrada and Johnny Maldonado ran 18:56 and 19:14 respectively in the sophomore race.

Percy Melgar and Sade Rosales ran in the Division 1 varsity girls race, with Percy finishing in 22:43 and Sade in 23:24.

Both teams will be running this Saturday morning at Greater Lowell in Tyngsborough for the CAC league meet championship.

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