NEWBURYPORT — Question: What happens when you have the best scorer in the league and he goes down in the middle of the game?
Answer: You lose.
That’s what happened to the Newburyport boys soccer team (6-4-1) at home yesterday when forward Adam Traxler went down with an ankle sprain. Georgetown (4-4-3) took the collars off the three players normally covering the junior, and took advantage of the Clippers’ confusion to take the game on a free kick and climb to a .500 record, 1-0.
“It was a true team effort, and that’s what we need to win,” said Georgetown coach Matt Laut. “We’ve definitely picked up the pace in the last few games. We’ve caught a couple of losses, but (the players have) stayed positive and pushed through. We had our opportunities and the goals are going to come, and that’s what we did. We kept pushing, and we never gave up, and it’s a great game by everyone.”
The Royals started the game off hot, taking it to the Clipper defense. Georgetown got a shot off on Clipper goalkeeper Matt Canning in the first two minutes. But the defense didn’t break for Port, and the ball would soon find itself in the Georgetown zone more and more with Traxler trying to slip his triple coverage along the way. The Royals held strong enough behind goalkeeper Gus Savage to make it to the half with a 0-0- tie.
Georgetown caught its big break five minutes into the second half when Traxler took a boot to the foot, rolling it along the way, and letting out a cry of pain on his way down. After a few minutes the co-captain and league-leader in points with 15 limped off the field with assistance and never returned, allowing the Royals to free up a trio of players.