By Jason Mazzilli
MALDEN – Despite the early season calendar date, Wednesday night’s boys’ soccer battle between Malden and Everett had a playoff atmosphere. Both teams came into the contest with solid records, but it was the host Tornadoes who were able to keep their record perfect after a dramatic, 1-0 shutout win.
Head coach Jeremiah Smith’s Malden squad soared to 4-0 on the season with the win on the strength of an unassisted goal by Jefferson Malachie late in the first half. Malachie picked up a loose ball, dribbled in and stuck a goal into the right corner of the net from about 15 yards out.
The game was a physical one, as usual between these two former Greater Boston League (GBL) combatants, who now compete in the Northeastern Conference (NEC). Malden got whistled for a number of fouls in the first half, which kept the Tornadoes from getting into a flow on the offensive side of the ball.
“We were able to get the late goal, but we were not helping ourselves by getting fouls on both ends of the field,” Coach Smith said. “We did a better job of that in the second half and were able to hold on.”
Malden got a tremendous performance from goaltender Salim Tiken, who earned the shutout with seven saves. Malden also got some excellent play from Milton Hernandez in the midfield and striker Douglas Nascimento, who generated several solid scoring shots that were turned away by the Crimson Tide.
Malden is back in action on Monday, Sept. 24 at home versus Lynn English at 4:00 p.m.