(Newburyport) Too much of the Traxlers for Ipswich.
The Tigers (2-3) were defeated by Newburyport, 4-2, in boys soccer on Monday night at Newburyport Stadium in Cape Ann League play in the Clippers‘ home opener.
The Traxlers (sophomore Adam & senior Spencer) scored all of the Clipper (1-1-2) goals, including three in the second half.
Ipswich goalie Erik Fyrer watched the action unfold in the first half, and yelled variations of the following to his defense, “Five is their best player. Contain him.”
Adam Traxler (#5) was indeed a threat in this one every time he was near the ball. He endangered the Tiger defense numerous times dribbling into open space and let shots fly on net with either foot. He finally got a shot past Ipswich goalie Erik Fyrer with a spin to the left at 10:48 to give NBPT a 1-0 lead.
The Tigers didn’t have a shot on net for the first twenty-six minutes but responded to Adam’s first goal with one of their own just 1 ½ minutes later. 2010 CAL All-Star Ryan Law dribbled into the middle and then beat NHS goalie Matt Canning to tie the score.
Ipswich pulled ahead, 2-1, early in the second half as a Matt Jaeger break in forced defender Cole Lewis to pull him down in the box. Senior Joe Baraiolo grounded the resulting penalty kick past Matt Canning’s left at 36:40.
Adam’s 2nd goal tied the score (2-2) sixteen minutes later.
Both teams seemed to sense the importance of the next goal and both had glittering chances. Finally Spencer Traxler put his left foot on a ball that crossed in front and NHS led, 3-2, with seven minutes to go.
That goal seemed to do in Ipswich. Adam pounced on a bad Ipswich clearout and quickly made it, 4-2, just a minute later to give the Clippers Win #1.
Nice to see the scoreboard used to keep track of the time and the score. That’s the beauty of playing in a stadium.
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