Everett girls head to Malden Monday afternoon to face the Golden Tornadoes in another GBL battle
The Everett High School girls’ lacrosse team (0-3) is learning immediate lessons as a first-year varsity club, and the trials and tribulations that come with it. Last Friday, April 14, at Somerville, the host Highlanders showed no mercy for their Greater Boston League (GBL) counterparts. The final score was 14-1, but it’s a loss where they can learn much about themselves. Amanda Verterio was credited with the lone Everett goal assisted by senior Riley Avelar.
“Somerville had at least four girls who were simply more skilled than us at this point,” said coach Christina Buckley. “We had a hard time in particular stopping two of their players, who scored most of their goals. We played a much better second half, holding them to only four additional goals.”
On Monday, April 17, against Revere, the Crimson Tide girls dropped a 10-1 decision. Avelar accounted for Everett’s only goal in this game on a solo effort.
“We were much more competitive in this game,” said Buckley. “I know the score does not reflect it, but we forced numerous turnovers. However, we were unable to capitalize on them.”
Amanda Verterio collected three shots on goal to lead the way in that department against the Patriots, and Katherine Olivares Guzman had two scoring chances. Sophia Sousa and Brigitte Reyes Cortez chipped in with one shot apiece.
“We are currently 0-3 on the season, but coach Emily Korb and I have already seen improvements in each game,” Buckley said. “It’s hard to take the losses, but we are trying to build a program, and this is only Year 1. We are going up against varsity programs composed of girls who have played the game for years. We are a brand-new varsity team with girls who are new to the sport. We’re learning as we go.”
“Moving forward, we plan to focus on defense by slowing the opposing team’s attacks at midfield and forcing players out of the 12 with good communication in order to be more competitive in the GBL,” added Buckley.
Avelar is leading the team in points with two goals and one assist. Senior Sophia Sousa and junior Camille Camilo have been working hard all over the field to force those turnovers, according to Buckley, who added that freshman Amanda Verterio has a promising future after what she has shown in the early going.
The Everett girls are now getting ready to take on host Malden on Monday, April 24, starting at 4 p.m.