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Pentucket defeats Newburyport 3-2 in boys soccer to win ALS Cup

Matt Farrell scores the first goal of the game on a header past NHS goalie Matt Canning.

(Newburyport) A fast start gave Pentucket the ALS Cup and a 3-2 win over Newburyport in boys soccer at World War Stadium on a warm Tuesday afternoon.

Pentucket (12-2-2) had goals by Matt Farrell and Zack Chapman in the first eight minutes and led at the half, 2-0.

Tom Graham lines up his 12th goal of the season early in the second half.

Tom Graham put the Clippers within one (2-1) early in the second half but Matt Farrell converted a long run down the left sidelines five minutes later to restore the two-goal edge.  Jordy Steelman tallied the second NHS score in the last minute but there wasn’t time for Newburyport to get a shot at the equalizer.

Newburyport (9-5-2) had lost the previous meeting with Pentucket, 3-1, on September 21st.

Less than two minutes in the Cape Ann League’s top goal scorer (Matt Farrell) headed a shot past NHS goalie Matt Canning.  The Clippers defense reacted slowly to a ball in their space and Matt Farrell took advantage.

NHS coach Shawn Bleau called an immediate timeout and issued a full-blown wakeup call to his Clippers.

Unfortunately, six minutes later there was more defensive trouble in front of the Clipper net. Sachem Zack Chapman was able to get a clean straightaway look at a rebound of Matt Farrell’s shot to give Pentucket a 2-0 lead.

The rest of the 40-minute half was almost all Newburyport.  By my unofficial count, the Clippers had eighteen shots either on net or near the net.  Two of the best were heading setups by Adam Traxler to King Shema and Jordy Steelman.

Trevor Collins hit the crossbar with this late first-half shot.

Right at the end of the half Pentucket’s Trevor Collins broke in from the left but his clean look grazed off the crossbar.

Newburyport’s first goal came off of a terrific setup by junior Adam Traxler four minutes into the second half.  Adam drew a crowd (as he usually does) at midfield and was able to lob a pass over the defense.  Teammate Tom Graham registered his 12th goal after collecting the pass and firing a low shot past Pentucket’s second half goalie, Cody Sedler.  Logan Sherwood was in net for the first half.

Matt Farrell ruined Newburyport’s hopes of getting any closer five minutes later with a strong individual effort.  The talented senior made nearly a half-field run down the left side and beat goalie Matt Canning inside the strong-side post. Matt Farrell is the Cape Ann League’s top goal scorer now with fifteen for the season.

Both teams had corner kicks (4 for Pentucket/ 3 for Newburyport) the rest of the way.  Newburyport brought goalie Matt Canning up to do a throw-in during the last five minutes which went wide.

Jordy Steelman (10) shoots and scores as defender Ben Craig races to catch up.

In the last minute Jordy Steelman dribbled down the middle by several Pentucket defenders for a score to tighten things to 3-2.  Pentucket was able to dominate the rest of the time as Matt Farrell hit the crossbar close to the end of the game.

Matt Farrell ended with two goals and an assist.  He also was given plenty of rest by PHS coach Chris Langlois.  By my count he was on the sidelines for eighteen minutes.  That number gave me an idea of Pentucket’s depth.

Matt may be the leading scorer in the CAL but the most dangerous player in the league could well be Adam Traxler.  He put serious pressure on the PHS defense numerous times.  His assist on Tom Graham’s goal was one of the best you’ll see.

The ALS Cup is a fundraiser for former NHS student Brent Paulhus who has the disease.

Matt Cote (15) heads a shot toward the Pentucket goal in the second half.

Both Pentucket and Newburyport have the points to qualify for the postseason tournament.  Both have two regular season games left this week.  Next for Pentucket is a road game with Hamilton-Wenham on Thursday.  Newburyport gets Masconomet at home on the same day.

World War Stadium is a great place to watch a game at.  The spectators are close to the field with an elevated view.  The only issue appears to be the limited space on the team sidelines.

Teams that have uniforms with numbers only on the back (I’m looking at you, Pentucket!) have no idea how difficult that makes it to identify players in pictures.

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Pentucket goalie Cody Sedler congratulates Adam Traxler afterwards.

Matt Canning

Matt Farrell dribbles past John Spears (24)

Alex Salah shields Matt Farrell away from goalie Matt Canning.

Jordy Steelman

Adam Traxler (5) challenges Ben Craig for the ball

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Newburyport Advances in Division 3 North MIAA Boys Soccer by Defeating Winthrop 1-0

Adam Traxler (5) scores the only goal of the Newburyport/Winthrop tourney game.

(Newburyport) The Newburyport Clippers escaped the Preliminary Round of  Division 3 North boys soccer by defeating Winthrop, 1-0, on Saturday afternoon at World War Memorial Stadium.

Harrison Corbett (11) heads near the goal.

The Clippers (9-7-3), from the Cape Ann League, now advance to the First Round of the MIAA tournament and play #2 seed Lynnfield (15-3) at Jordan Park in Lynnfield at noon tomorrow (Sunday).  The Pioneers defeated Newburyport, 5-2, on October 5th.

Adam Traxler’s 19th goal of the season was all that the Clippers needed to get by the Vikings.

The sophomore’s goal came sixteen minutes into the second half at the end of one of his every-game, speedy rushes down the right side.  On the scoring rush, he passed the Winthrop defender and maneuvered in toward the net, firing a shot that went off Viking goalie Bryan Alzate’s hands into the upper part of the goal.

Winthrop, from the Northeastern Conference, had a glowing opportunity five minutes earlier in the second half when they were awarded a direct kick close to the end line just beyond the penalty area to Clipper goalie Matt Canning’s left.  The shot taken tore across the crease and out the other side untouched as far as I could tell.

NHS goalie Matt Canning clears away a Viking threat in the first half.

The Vikings other shots were long range and NHS goalie Matt Canning was positioned well for each of them when they reached him.

Almost all the other good chances belonged to Newburyport.  In the second half, Spencer Traxler had a good look from the middle and later Jordan Steelman reached the goalie’s doorstep.  Adam Traxler had dangerous shots on net in both halves.

The referee had to straighten out the Newburyport student cheering section in the first half.  Several of them persisted with derogatory remarks about the Winthrop players until he stepped in.  Some of them may have been the same individuals drawing attention to themselves, rather than the American flag, during the playing of the National Anthem.

Spencer Traxler (6) has good look from in close.

Winthrop arrived late and the paper given out with their roster on it had numerous inaccuracies.   Try identifying players in pictures when their numbers aren’t on the roster.

Newburyport had to get three points (2 for a win, 1 for a tie) in their last two games to even make the tournament.

Winthrop took a different route to the tournament.  They played a division 3 opponent (North Shore Tech) in their season opener and defeated the visitors, 3-0, on September 10th.  The Vikings (1-16-2) didn’t win another game in 2011 yet made the tournament because of the Sullivan Rule.  According to that rule, if your record doesn’t get you in then you can get in by at least splitting against the teams you faced that are in the same division you are in during the tournament.  That North Shore Tech game was their only one with a D3 opponent.

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Jordan Steelman (9) on doorstep.

Winthrop goalie Bryan Alzate after Adam Traxler goal.

Adam Traxler (5), Sam Brenner (20), Petrit Kraja (47)

Michael Lessard (3) & Allan Eagan (8)

Adam Traxler (5) & Jordan Steelman (9)

Chris Day (11) & Harrison Corbett (11)

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Traxler Brothers Send Clipper Boys Soccer Past Ipswich 4-2

Adam Traxler (#5) chased by Sam Benford (#10) and Peter Eliopoulos (#7).

Clippers celebrate Spencer Traxler’s go-ahead goal.

(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.

Cole Lewis (#3) about to pull down Matt Jaeger for penalty kick.

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.

Joe Baraiolo strikes successful penalty kick for Ipswich.

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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Adam Traxler and Sam Benford

IHS goalie Erik Fyrer

Harrison Corbett (#11) and Kyle Cantrell (#9)

NHS goalie Matt Canning

Ryan Law

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Triton Boys Tie Newburyport 2-2 In Cape Ann League Soccer

Triton threatens late in the first half.

Sophomore Adam Traxler scored Newburyport’s first goal and had several other scoring chances.

(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.

Jake Stelline (#10) scored the tying goal for Triton late in the first half.

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.

Jake Papanicolaou, shown here dribbling right, later would dribble left into the same area and beat Clipper goalie Matt Canning to the short side to tie the score in the second half.

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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Spencer Traxler (#6) and Jordy Steelman (#9)

Mike Mulkern (#23) and Adam Traxler (#5)

Goalie Matt Canning looks behind him in the first half.

Jordy Steelman (#9) and Matt Kelly (#24)

Action in front of the Newburyport end in the second half.

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