By Joe McConnell
On Oct. 12, the Everett High School girls’ soccer team (5-9) lost to Greater Boston League rival Revere, 3-1.
Despite the loss, Crimson Tide Coach Dom Persuitte had no problem with the effort of his team. “Our aggressive play was fantastic across the board,” he said. “Emilia Maria-Babcock was tremendous in goal, while Aldrona Flores set up our lone goal. She headed the ball down to Layla Cardona, who in turn ripped it over the keeper’s head.”
Layla Leles, Sofia Arana-Quintanilla, Luna Sepulveda Maselli, Shyann Ambersley, Maria Silvestri and Casey Martinez also stood out in this game, according to the coach.
On Oct. 16, the Tide dropped a 4-0 decision to non-league Reading. Persuitte praised the efforts of Maria-Babcock, who was once again fantastic in her new role as the team’s starting goalkeeper. She was able to keep her teammates close on the scoreboard during this game that was dominated by the Rockets.
The Everett girls got back on the winning track earlier this week against host Lynn English at Lynn’s Manning Field, 6-0 on Oct. 17. More on this game will be in next week’s Everett Advocate. They also took on Lynn Classical at home yesterday (Oct. 19) after press deadline, before heading to Medford’s Hormel Stadium Monday night (Oct. 23) to face the Mustangs at 6 p.m. They will then have four games left on the regular season schedule.
The Crimson Tide was ranked 50th in the Division 1 power rankings, before the win over Lynn English was calculated into the standings. The Top 32 teams qualify for the state tournament. 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.
Bishop Feehan (12-0-1), Natick (10-1-1), Hopkinton (13-0-0), Wellesley (11-3-0), Franklin (12-1-0) and Winchester (12-1-0) are right now the Top 6 Division 1 clubs.