WEST NEWBURY — Pentucket’s Cody Sedler has never known a world without soccer.
“There was never a time in my life where I didn’t know what soccer was, and wonder if I should play or not,” said the Sachems’ No. 1 goalkeeper. “Soccer is the most consistent thing in my life. When I wake up, I don’t know how my teacher is going to act. I don’t know how the students are going to act. But I know, every day when I wake up, I’m going to have soccer practice. Every day I wake up, I’m going to work my (tail) off at soccer practice.”
The junior has worked his tail off enough to make co-captain this year along with seniors Logan Sherwood, Mike Salmonsen and Spencer Kresge.
“Whatever position he wants to specialize in, he’s just going to be a star,” Sachems coach Christian Langlois said of Sedler. “He has that ability, and he chose to focus on goalkeeper. (But) he’s a great overall player. He thinks about the game, and he has a very good understanding of not only his position but everyone else’s.”
In fact, Sedler understands the game well enough that, when not in net, he’s been playing at the key position of center-midfield.
“I’m playing soccer so I need to have my touch,” said Sedler. “Just because I’m in goal doesn’t mean I can’t play soccer. I chose to play in that position. So, I always work on my touch, and I’m always running sprints and stuff. So, when we needed a center-mid, I could hold the position as best as I could.”
Sedler has held the position well enough for the 8-2-1 Sachems, scoring a goal in a 2-1 victory over Triton and an assist in a 1-1 tie against Hamilton-Wenham. But goals and even assists aren’t what make a good center-mid; it’s the ability to organize his fellow players, something that Sedler has put a lot of work into since he became the first freshman to play in net in Langlois’ tenure two years ago.