Boys soccer team tops two NEC foes and improves to 6-1-2
Although the Revere High football team deservedly is drawing a lot of attention on the local sports scene with its best start in years, there is another team in town that looks like it could go the distance.
The RHS boys soccer team improved to a sterling 6-1-3 on the season with a pair of big victories this past week over Northeastern Conference rivals Swampscott and Salem. The triumphs not only moved Revere into sole possession of second place in the Large School Division of the Northeastern Conference, close on the heels of front runner Peabody, but it also moved the Pats within striking range of an early qualification for the state tourney.
Coach Nik Tower’s Patriots have accumulated 15 points with 18 being the magic number needed to punch their ticket for a Journey to the Tourney.
“We’re just taking it one game at a time,” said Tower. “The team certainly is playing well, but we’ve set our standards very high and we still have a way to go to get there.”
The 2-0 victory at Swampscott last Thursday came courtesy of the foot of Leo Giraldo, who potted both Revere markers, one in each half. With the stout Revere defense doing its job, Patriot keeper Alfonso Rosales made the lead stand up and posted the shut out.
The contest two days later with an 8-3 Salem team saw the Patriot defense take aim at Salem’s Edwin DeMoya, one of the top scorers on the North Shore. Revere not only executed Tower’s game plan to perfection on the defensive end by shutting down DeMoya, but jumped out to the early advantage in the first five minutes when Brenzy Guzman stole the ball from a Salem defender and took it in for an unassisted goal.
Although Salem would knot matters at 1-1 before the end of the half, the Patriots came out at the intermission and immediately took the offensive. Sophomore Quias Ghulam reached the back of the Salem net to make it 2-1 and then Giraldo put the game away with an insurance tally with about six minutes to go, assisted by Guzman, for the 3-1 finale.
Rosales came up big for Revere in the latter part of the second half with some key saves, while Tower praised defenders Christian Cuervo and Luis Alcantar for their solid play throughout the game.
Tower and his crew played at winless Marblehead yesterday (Tuesday) as the Journal was going to press. They host Saugus tomorrow and Lynn English Monday before they hit the road to Lynn Classical next Wednesday evening.
Cross country girls defeat Saugus, 17-44
The Revere High girls cross country team earned its first victory of the season last Tuesday with a 17-44 triumph over Saugus.
It was a grey and drizzly day, but that didn’t stop Lady Patriot Nikki Nelson from taking the top spot yet again, and setting a personal record at the same time. Senior captains Kassandra Digitale and Jessica Loeser also ran well.
“Kassi is returning to last season form and Jessica is exceeding her last year performances,” said RHS head coach Katie Sinnott. Nelson’s time of 21:03 placed her first across the finish line. Teammate Caitlyn Caramello was next in 22:53, followed by Revere’s Maggie DiPlatzi in third in 23:19.
Digitale came across in fifth in 23:54 and Loeser completed the Revere scoring with a sixth place effort in 23:56.
Other Lady Patriots who competed and ran well were Emily DeVeau in the seventh spot in 26:56, Natasha Pacheco in ninth in 43:52, and Desiree Martinez in 10th, also with an official time of 43:52.
The RHS girls were scheduled to travel to Lynn English tomorrow (Tuesday) and will host Lynn Classical next Tuesday.
Cross country boys win second straight
The Revere High boys cross country team won its second straight meet with a 21-35 over Saugus last Tuesday.
“This was a nice win,” said RHS head coach Mike Flynn. “The boys are running very well and getting better every week. I’m very proud of this team.”
Rawlings Toglan took top honors in the race, crossing the finish line in first place in a time of 17:33. Close behind was teammate and senior captain Ernesto Bonilla in third position in 17:46.
“Rawlings and Ernesto worked as a team against the top Saugus runner,” said Flynn. “Ernesto set a fast pace at the start to set up Rawlings to overtake him.”
Junior captain Brian Collins came through with a fourth place effort in 18:00, a personal record (PR) on the local course, and William Truong grabbed fifth place in 18:20, also a PR.
Kristi Nushi completed the Revere scoring with an eighth place finish in 18:44.
Senior captain Anthony Cantone Heinz took 10th spot in 19:02 as he continues to work back into top racing form after missing the early part of the season. Other Revere runners who competed in the meet were Luis Morales in 29:27; sophomore Mohamed Bensabok, who turned in an impressive time of 20:56 in his first ever cross country race; David Barrett in 21:41; Kane DiMasso-Scott in 21:57; Nick Tran in 23:34; Matt Roncevich in 25:22; and John Carnabucci in 25:44.
The boys were scheduled to travel to Lynn English tomorrow (Tuesday) and will host Lynn Classical next Tuesday.
Girls soccer team at .500 mark (4-4-1)
The Revere High girls soccer team bounced back from a 3-0 loss to Beverly to record a 2-0 shutout victory over former GBL rival Everett last Friday.
Marissa Parent scored both goals for the Lady Patriots, who now stand at 4-4-1 on the season. “It was a good win for us,” said RHS head coach Natalie Lyons. “The whole team played well. Melissa Adreani was tested in goal and made some big saves for us.”
The RHS girls hosted Swampscott yesterday (Tuesday) and trek to Gloucester tomorrow evening. They play at Lynn English Monday and come back home to host Lynn Classical Wednesday.
Volleyball team working hard
The Revere High volleyball team played three tough opponents this past week, North Andover, Lynnfield, and Wilmington. Although the Lady Patriots dropped all three of those contests, RHS head coach Kim Hudd remained upbeat about her squad.
“The girls continue to work hard and have positive attitudes,” said Hudd. The coach cited the play of senior captain Ashley DiFraia who continues to play well, both in the middle hitting position and in the back row.
The volleyball team played at Saugus yesterday (Tuesday) and will be at Beverly tomorrow. They play at Lynn Classical Monday and host Lynn English next Wednesday.
Field hockey team showing improvement
The heavy rain of last week forced postponement of two of the Revere High field hockey team’s three games. The lone contest Coach Maureen Flynn’s squad was able to get in came against first place Marblehead on Thursday.
Although the Lady Patriots came out on the short end of a 2-0 decision, Flynn was pleased with her team’s performance.
“Eduarda Berry had a great game in the goal and the defense played one of their best games, holding Marblehead to only two goals,” said Flynn.
Flynn and her squad hosted Swampscott yesterday (Tuesday) and will make the long journey to Gloucester Thursday. They host Salem Monday evening and Malden Wednesday.