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Tide field hockey drops close decision to rival Malden

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By Joe McConnell

The Everett High School field hockey team (3-9) played just one game last week, and the Tide ended up falling to Greater Boston League rival Malden in a close encounter on the road, 3-0. Cephas Orleus was Everett’s honorary game captain.

“We were fired up for this game, because it was their Senior Night, and as a result it was a great match-up,” said first-year Everett coach Sabrina Wright. “This game featured two evenly skilled teams against each other. We get along really well with their coaches, and we’re hoping the relationship continues to build between both programs over the next few years.”

Malden scored a goal late in the first quarter to break the scoreless tie. Throughout most of the game, it was just a volley separating us from their end to our end until the fourth quarter, when we let up their two insurance goals, which secured the win for them.”

The final score was not indicative on how well the visitors played, according to Wright.

“Similar to us, Malden has a team consisting of mostly boys, so watching this game was fun, because the boys on both our teams don’t get tired,” added Wright. “It was a race to the ball, and a race to the goal, and it was really fun. I can’t wait to play them again later this month at home on Oct. 28, and hopefully at that time we will end up on top.”

The Crimson Tide have since gone on to blitz non-league foe Greater Lowell on Monday, Oct. 16, 8-0.

Caden Sylva and Orleus led the way on offense with three goals apiece. Malaica Guillume and Meghan Currie accounted for the other two scores. It was Currie’s first marker of the season.

Everett then faced non-league Northeast Voke on Oct. 18 after press deadline, before they head to Waltham to play the Hawks later today (Oct. 20) at Leary Field, starting at 4:15 p.m. It’s the second meeting of the year between both teams. The Hawks defeated the locals the first time around way back on Sept. 6 in the opening game of the season at home, 5-0.

The Tide is ranked 48th in the Division 2 power rankings, as of Oct. 17. The Top 32 teams make the state tournament, and with still six regular season games left on the schedule there’s still a chance Everett can move up with a late surge. Teams with a .500 or better record that finish below the Top 32 squads must then participate in a play-in game, before moving on to the postseason.

Norwood (13-1), Reading Memorial (13-1), Somerset-Berkley Regional (12-0-1), Minnechaug (11-1-1) and Hopkinton (9-3-2) are currently the Top 5 Division 2 clubs.

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