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Revere girls’ soccer team tops Malden, ties Somerville

Revere beat Malden, 1-0, last week to climb to 8-0.

“Coach Rick [Caceda] and his Malden team played us very tough and tested our defense and gave our midfield a hard time,” Revere coach Megan O’Donnell said. “They were the first team to get multiple shots on net and tested our integrity. Our team didn’t play their best due to injuries and a team bug that’s going around. We had a few opportunities in the first half to score but we couldn’t finish.”

The Patriots scored the lone goal of the game with about eight minutes left when Erika Mejia and Samarah Paiva got the ball out of the middle and down the sideline to Catalina Chizavo, who then put the ball through to Nataly Oliva. Oliva took the ball to the corner of the box and scored to the bottom right of the goalie.

Kesley Morales, Fatima Oliva, Giselle Salvador and Emily Torres held Malden to four shots on net, and Nisrin Sekkat made some great saves and is finding her way in goal. The midfield, which was controlled by Sandra Torres, Paiva, Erika Mejia and Chizavo, played hard and took many hard hits from Malden, but they were able to move the ball upfield to give teammates chances to score multiple times during the game.

The junior varsity team finished with a 3-3 tie against Malden with Ikram Bichia scoring two goals and freshman Sarah Grandos scoring her first career goal. Ajsi Balla and Andrea Mendieta had their best games.

Somerville was a dog fight that ended in a 1-1 tie. Ari Pina scored the lone goal on a free kick, and Fatima Oliva and Sekkat had the defensive on lock.


Revere field hockey team falls in competitive matches

Revere fell to Saugus, 3-1, with the goal scored by Danni Randall and assisted by Matthew Terrell. That came after a 3-2 loss to Ursuline Academy. The Patriots had a strong first quarter, with goals being scored by Bella Stamatopoulos and Isabella Mendieta (assist by Randall).

Revere fell to Peabody, 3-2. “Despite losing by one, it was the best game Revere field hockey has played all season,” Revere coach Alex Butler said. “The team played hard all four quarters, and had multiple offensive corners, one of which led to a goal.”

The first goal was scored by Isabella Mendieta with an assist from Terrell. The second goal was scored by Terrell.

“Sonia Haily did an amazing job in goal and had great support on defense from Ava Morris and Briana Mendieta,” said Butler, a Peabody field hockey alumna (Class of 2013). “The team did an amazing job of hitting hard, playing the ball wide and hustling the entire game. Peabody is a really tough team, and our team definitely held our own all four quarters.”


Revere/Malden golf team goes two matches without loss

On Thursday, Sept. 28, the Revere/Malden golf team competed to a 36-36 tie against Somerville at Stoneham Oaks. This tie gave the team a 4-1-1 record on the season. Some highlights are a 5.5-3.5 win by Malden freshman Tommy Cronin in the 6-spot, a 5-4 win by Revere junior Jonathan Wells in the 5-spot and a 4.5-4.5 tie by Malden junior Chris MacDonald in the 2-spot. Additionally, Malden junior Bo Bogan participated in his first match of the season in the 8-spot, winning his match 5.5-3.5, securing a tie.

“This year has taught us time and time again that each half point is valuable as a total of one point separates us from having an undefeated season thus far,” Revere/Malden coach Brandon Pezzuto said. “However, the coaching staff believes that falling short is a great way to reinforce one of our core values, which is to be resilient and to complete for each and every point regardless of the overall score of your match.”

On Monday Oct. 2, Revere/Malden earned a victory by the slightest of margins in match play: 36.5-35.5 over Lynn English at Kelley Greens in Nahant. This improved the team’s record to 5-1-1 on the season, moving it one step closer to a tournament bid. “Kelley Greens’ extremely challenging pin positions and lightning-fast greens posed a challenge for both teams in this match,” Pezzuto said. “The greens, being not well protected by bunkers and/or water, rely on pin placement to challenge players to land approach shots in strategic locations or be penalized by difficult recovery shots or rejection from the green itself. The coaching staff observed on numerous occasions 8-10′ downhill putts settling off the putting surface. Our team’s ball striking was excellent and much improved over the last 3-4 weeks but this match came down to in and around the greens.”

Some highlights from the match are No. 1 MacDonald winning 5.5-3.5; No. 3 Matt LaCroix of Revere winning 5-4; No. 4 freshman Jacob Simonelli of Revere tying 4.5-4.5; No. 6 freshman Cronin winning 6-3; and senior captain Ryan Coggswell, of Malden, battling to the very end to tie his match, 4.5-4.5.

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