CHS Football Team Hosts Northeast Tonight
The Chelsea High football team, which is coming off a smashing 38-7 victory over Greater Boston League rival Somerville last Friday, will host non-league opponent Northeast Regional this evening in a special Thursday Night Lights contest. The opening kick-off is set for 6:30 at Chelsea Stadium.
Coach Michael Jackson’s Red Devils, who stand at 3-2 on the season, presently are ranked 13th in Division 7. Northeast, which also is coming into the contest with a 3-2 mark, is ranked 16th in Division 5.
Tough Losses for CHS Boys Soccer
The Chelsea High boys soccer team played well overall this past week, but came up on the short end of their contests against their Greater Boston League rivals.
Last Tuesday evening the Red Devils dropped a 1-0 decision to Lynn Classical on a goal off a set piece in the final three minutes.
“We played a solid game, but lost concentration with three minutes to go that cost us the game,” said CHS assistant coach Luis Cruz. “We moved the ball well and had a few chances, but couldn’t finish.”
This past Thursday the Red Devils fell to Somerville, 2-1. The Highlanders had moved out to a 2-0 lead before Chelsea’s Jefferson Ruiz, who scooped up a rebound and dribbled past the opposing keeper, reached the back of the Somerville net to make it 2-1.
However, Chelsea was unable to achieve the tyng tally.
“Somerville scored two goals that came from our defensive mistakes, but we kept on playing and we got a goal back from Jefferson,” said Cruz. “He got a loose ball from a Somerville defender and went 1-on-1 with the goalkeeper and scored.
“Jefferson is very good at staying calm,” noted Cruz. “He is very composed with the ball and he remains calm when he is 1-on-1 with the goalkeeper. He always dribbles past the keeper and he makes it look easy.
“This was a very important goal because it kept us in the game,” added Cruz. “We had a few chances to tie, but the Somerville keeper kept them in the game. Henry Vasquez had a 1-on-1. but their goalie made a very good save. With two minutes to go, Jefferson dribbled past a defender and took a nice low shot, but the keeper made a fantastic save.
“We deserved better in this game. but we will be back stronger,” said Cruz. “We moved the ball better than we had before and we generated chances.”
This past Tuesday, league-leading Everett defeated the Red Devils, 6-1. Chelsea jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a goal by Jose Mendez off a corner kick that was delivered by Kevin Garcia.
However, the Crimson Tide responded by scoring on a set piece off a corner kick of their own from where they went on for the win.
Head coach Mick Milutinovic and his crew will play at Malden today (Thursday) and at Revere next Tuesday before returning home to host Medford at Chelsea Stadium next Thursday afternoon at 4:00.
CHS Girls Soccer Working, Playing Hard
Although the Chelsea High girls soccer team came up short in its recent contests last week with Lynn Classical and Somerville, the Lady Red Devils have been continuing to improve as the season progresses.
“The team continues to make progress and we are more and more comfortable playing together every day,” said CHS head coach Randy Grajal. “The Somerville team was a great opponent, but our team worked really hard.”
Grajal noted the fine play of junior forward Dania Pacas.
“Dania has shown her relentless effort on the pitch,” said Grajal. “She demonstrated determination and a ‘never give up’ attitude.
“I am proud of the way the whole team approaches each game each and every day and the way they back each other up when something doesn’t go their way,” added the coach.
Grajal and his crew will entertain Malden this afternoon (Thursday) in a contest that will be highlighted by Senior Day festivities at which the four senior members of the team, captain Lana Pineda, Maria Julissa Santiago Mejia, Sheyly Socop Morales, and Brenda Pleitez, will be honored for their contributions to the CHS girls soccer program.
They will travel to Manning Field in Lynn next Monday evening to meet Lynn English. The Lady Red Devils then will host Revere on Tuesday and trek to Medford next Thursday.
Volleyball Team to Host Three Opponents
The Chelsea High volleyball team will seek to get back on the winning track after dropping its last two matches to Greater Boston League rivals Malden and Revere this past week. Coach Gabriel Morales and his squad have three home games on tap in the coming week: Medford today (Thursday), Lynn English tomorrow (Friday), and non-league opponent Cathedral on