Northeast's Chavez has filled in admirably in goal

On the roster Northeast submitted for the Public League Class AAA boys' soccer final Wednesday, there were two positions crossed off next to Jorge Chavez's name and a 'G' hastily scribbled on the page in pencil.

Chavez, a junior, began the season as a center halfback. But after a back injury to Northeast's starting goalie in a quarterfinal playoff win, Chavez took over in net. He'd been asking coach Sam Feldman for the chance for a while.

So far, so good.

Chavez delivered two straight shutouts, including a 1-0 victory over Franklin Towne Charter at Charlie Martin Memorial Stadium to win the league title.

"When I was a little kid I played [goalie], but I really didn't pay attention to it," Chavez said. "I stepped in because I had a little experience. And I mean, two games, two shutouts, two wins."