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August 31, 2013

Newburyport Daily News boys soccer capsules

Newburyport

Coach: Shawn Bleau (5 years)

Last year’s record: 12-6-2

Key returning players: Adam Traxler, sr., Tom Graham, jr., Brendan Byron, jr., John Spears, sr., Matt Cote, jr.

Newcomers: Jake Shactman, jr., Ryan Furlong, sr., King Shema, jr., Shudee Wu, sr., Andrew Allman, so.

Strengths: Offense.

Concerns: Center.

Coach’s outlook: “I like our team and team chemistry and look forward to the season.”

First game: Sept. 4 (3:45) vs. North Reading

Pentucket

Coach: Christian Langlois (14th season)

Last year’s record: 16-3-2

Key returning players: Mike Salmonsen, sr., Spencer Kresge, sr., Logan Sherwood, sr., Will Dwyer, sr., Cody Sedler, jr., Connor Beaton, jr., Evan Burke, jr., Brandon O’Neal, jr., Brendan Sullivan, jr., Dylan Wright, jr.

Newcomers: Quinn Burton, sr., Adam Chory, sr., Noah Curtin, sr., Alex Dumas, sr., Steven Hardy, sr., Davis Jackson, sr., Will Kopaciewicz, sr., Ryan Beaton, jr., Sean Keegan, jr., Aidan McLellan, jr., Gary Dwyer, so., David Greene, so., Ian Sands, so., Kyle Sedler, so., Leo Belyi, fr.

Strengths: Goalkeeping.

Concerns: Inexperience.

Coach’s outlook: “I think this team has a lot of potential. We need our captains to bring the team together and we need everyone to step up so we can figure out where our offensive production will come from. As long as we play as a team offensively and defensively, I think we can challenge for the top spot in the league.”

First game: Sept. 5 (3:45) vs. Saugus

Triton

Brad Smith (27th season)

Last year’s record: 1-14-3

Key returning players: Dalton Tzitzon, sr., Josh Brown, sr., Niko Marcolini, sr., Eric Ninthala, sr., Sam Wright, jr., Andrew McGrath, jr., Joe Simon, jr., Jared DiNatale. jr., Khalil Brito, so., Michael Marcolini. So., Luke Reiniger, so., Keegan Wallace, so.

Newcomers: Jake Papanicolaou, sr., Eric Rybicki, so.

Strengths: Depth.

Concerns: Size.

Coach’s outlook: “If each player is able to stay focused and continue to improve and commit to his teammates, we will surprise some teams this year.”

First game: Sept. 6 (3:45) vs. Hamilton-Wenham

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