(Byfield) They’ve done this before – played to a tie.
The Triton Vikings and Newburyport Clippers played to a 2-2 tie in boys soccer on warm Monday afternoon at Triton in Cape Ann League action.
The teams played twice last year and finished one game scoreless and the other one, 3-3.
This was a rescheduled, weather-impaired game from last week. It was the actual opener for Triton (0-0-1) and the second for Newburyport (0-0-2). The Clippers began the season with a 2-2 tie with Methuen.
The conditions were great for spectators but not so for participants – too hot. The conditioning of both teams appeared suspect and there was plenty of needed substituting on both sides.
The Clippers dominated play early. They had already played a game and performed like that. Triton was cautious, more interested in preventing a goal than scoring one.
The officials had the Triton goalie (Dalton Tzitzon – sophomore) change his shirt because he could have been mistaken for a Newburyport player.
Newburyport had its chances without results for twenty minutes. Senior AJ MacDougall hit a shot wide and came close with a header. Junior Jordy Steelman had the ball close to the Triton goal. A short while later AJ MacDougall contacted the Triton goalie’s best friend (crossbar).
Persistent sophomore Adam Traxler finally cashed in for the Clippers twenty minutes in. He broke in alone and finished high to give Newburyport a 1-0 lead.
The Clippers kept after Triton. Adam came close to a second goal and senior Matt Eagan had a good opening. Neither cashed in.
Triton finally brought some serious pressure very late in the half, led by senior Jake Stelline. The Viking senior hit the post on a break in and came back again with a shot off goalie junior Matt Canning’s hands into the upper corner to tie the score.
The halftime rest revitalized the Clippers. Immediately they were into Viking territory and putting on pressure. In the first minute there was a sequence with shots and rebounds before senior Harrison Corbett scored. Newburyport led 2-1.
As in the first half, Newburyport pressed again for more. Again the dangerous chances came from Adam Traxler.
Triton was a lot earlier to start answering back than in the first half. Both senior Mark Schwarz and Jake Papanicolaou had threatening shots during the middle twenty minutes of the forty minute half.
It was sophomore Jake Papanicolaou who produced the game-tier with eight minutes left. The skilled dribbler took control of the ball on the left and maneuvered into the middle before unleashing a left-footed kick that beat Matt Canning on the short side. That made it 2-2.
I didn’t see any particularly dangerous shots thereafter. Both teams were clearly gassed.
Newburyport plays at Pentucket on Thursday while Triton gets to visit Amesbury on the same day.
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