NEWBURYPORT — The biggest local regular-season soccer event was downsized this year due to the field restrictions at World War Memorial Stadium, but that was just about the only difference in the ALS Cup, an annual rivalry matchup in which Pentucket has dominated Newburyport in recent seasons.
Pentucket (12-2-2) took home the Cup for the seventh year in a row on the backs of goalkeepers Logan Sherwood and Cody Sedler, 3-2, at World War Memorial Stadium. It was the first year since the ALS Cup’s inception in which the teams played an afternoon game rather than play under the lights. The field restrictions have yet to be lifted in Newburyport, meaning all local sports teams must exit the fields by 5 p.m. each night.
Sherwood manned the Pentucket net in the first half, and Sedler was the goalkeeper in the second half.
“I like to start, and take that responsibility, get the team going, get everyone pumped up,” said Sherwood. “And I thought that’s what I did. I started yelling, got the energy going. And that’s what happens.”
The Sachems had that energy going exclusively for the first nine minutes of play. Three minutes in, Pentucket’s Matt Farrell, the league’s leading scorer, took hold of a cross from Zack Bartula and sent a header soaring over Port goalkeeper Matt Canning to put Pentucket on the board. Just six minutes later, Farrell passed to Zack Chapman, who turned it into a one-on-one with Canning, and sent the ball past the senior co-captain’s left ribs.
“Once we scored those two goals, we really let up the pressure and allowed them to pressure us, and really let them into the game,” said Sachems coach Christian Langlois. “But Logan had all those stops. Logan was just awesome.”