Miranda, Chavarria propel Jets to City finals
The East Boston girls’ soccer team moved within a win of its first Boston City League Championship since 2006 yesterday, cruising past Madison Park, 4-0, in the semifinals, behind two goals from Janet Miranda and stellar performance in net from Darlenne Chavarria.
“The girls played probably their best game of the season,’’ said East Boston coach Rich LaCara. “There was no letup. They just kept their eyes on the prize. Now we’re heading to the championship game.’’
Miranda put the Jets, who controlled possession from the get-go, on the board at the 10-minute mark. In the 41st minute the senior added a second goal to double the lead.
“That second goal helped to put everyone at ease,’’ said LaCara, who credited Chavarria with helping the Jets keep their lead. “We made some mistakes in the first [half] but Darlenne was there to make some unbelievable saves, including three from almost point-blank range.’’
Chavarria finished with seven saves. East Boston’s leading scorer, Nazalia Garcia, notched her 15th of the season to put the Jets up, 3-0, midway through the second half and captain Areli Navarro added the fourth goal in the 71st minute.
The second-seeded Jets will take on perennial Boston City powerhouse Brighton tomorrow for the title. The Bengals took care of fourth-seeded South Boston, 6-2, yesterday to advance to their fifth final in eight years. Brighton finished 12-0 in league play, including a 4-2 win over East Boston on Oct. 11. The loss was the sole league defeat for the Jets (11-1).
“[Brighton] got what they wanted and we got our chance to get some revenge for earlier this season,’’ said LaCara. “We’re excited [to be in the championship with Brighton]. We know both teams are evenly matched, so it should be a good one.’’
Canton 4, Silver Lake 1 - Kayla Laughlin, Lauren Berman, Meg Lennon, and Bri Duserick scored as the seventh-ranked Bulldogs improved to 13-0-2.
Mt. St. Joseph 3, Marian 2 - Senior Devin Galante had a hat trick for the Eagles.
Dedham 4, Milton 0 - Senior Jenna Savi had a hat trick, giving her 30 goals for the season.
Lynnfield 3, Bishop Fenwick 1 - Senior George Levantakis scored two goals.
Brookline 3, Malden 0 - Seniors Nick Page, Sebastien Vasquez, and Luke De La Ventura scored for the Warriors.
Bridgewater-Raynham 6, Whitman-Hanson 0 - Seniors Tyler Smith (two goals) and Mitch Brady (one goal, one assist) led the Trojans.
Cardinal Spellman 6, Bishop Stang 3 - Ryan Walsh and Chris Conrad each scored a hat trick as the Cardinals improved to 16-0.
Sandwich 4, Dennis-Yarmouth 0 - Senior Peter Alvarenga scored two goals as the second-ranked Blue Knights clinched their sixth consecutive Atlantic Coast League championship.
Brockton 6, Durfee 1 - Pepe Vieira had two goals and an assist to propel the Boxers.
Canton 3, Quincy 1 - Jackie Bornemann and Olivia Murphy each had 11 kills to lead the Bulldogs.
Lynnfield 3, Salem 1 - Senior Julia Goldstein (10 kills, 4 aces, 3 blocks) and junior Abby Norwood (16 assists, 3 aces, 3 kills) led the 13th-ranked Pioneers, who improved to 20-0.
The MIAA boys’ state golf championships in Divisions 1, 2, and 3, originally scheduled for yesterday, have been rescheduled for next Monday at the same golf courses. The times and pairings will be the same as previously announced. Because there is snow currently on these courses, the MIAA advises to check their wesbite for possible changes and updates.