By Joe McConnell
After evening their record at three apiece, the Everett High School girls’ soccer team (3-5) lost to Lynn Classical to begin a brand-new week on Sept. 26, 4-1. Despite the loss, coach Dom Persuitte had called it “an excellent outing.”
Layla Cardona scored the lone goal for the Tide assisted by Yelsa Garcia. It was a rocket shot over the Classical’s keeper’s head from about 20 yards out.
Emilia Maria-Babcock also stood out in this game. “(Maria-Babcock) has just excelled in her new role as a center-back, and her tireless efforts in this game against the Rams kept their attack at bay,” said Persuitte.
Alondra Flores and Gleidy Tejada also played well on defense. “Gleidy controlled the left side of the defense with her physicality, while Alondra controlled the midfield with her foot skills,” added the Everett coach.
The Everett girls were then blanked by Somerville two days later, 9-0.
“The final score was not an accurate depiction of this game at all,” said Persuitte. “Laura Sanchez faced over 20 shots in goal during the game, and single-handedly kept the score as low as she could.”
The Everett coach also referenced that over half of Somerville’s goals were arguably offsides, and his team played played well overall.
“The entire team stepped up their physicality, communication and passing,” he added. “We have been working on all three throughout the entire season, and once again Maria-Babcock played lights out on defense. She also played a small portion of her time in net, when Laura (Sanchez) got hurt.”
The Tide had games against Revere and Malden this week after press deadline. They will then be at Chelsea Stadium to face the Red Devils on Tuesday (Oct. 10) at 4:15 p.m., before heading to Revere for a night game against the Patriots on Thursday, Oct. 12, starting at 7 p.m.