Newburyport soccer co-captain Adam Traxler had a good year on the pitch, racking up 16 goals, nine assists and earning All-League with the Clippers on their way to the Division 2 North semifinal.
The games and the accolades didn’t stop there for this junior forward as Traxler spent Black Friday playing alongside some of the best players in the area, representing the Northeastern part of the state in the Eastern Mass. All-Star game in Quincy.
“It was awesome,” Traxler said. “It was really fun playing with some of the best players in all Eastern Mass. It was a great opportunity.”
Picked to play in the game by the Eastern Mass. Soccer Coaches Association, Traxler played on the North team alongside Cape Ann League rivals Matt Farrell of Pentucket and Chip Sherman of Masconomet.
“Normally, they are kids you don’t like playing against because they’re great players,” said Traxler. “But it was really fun to have them on the team.”
A forward-heavy team, the North played out a reversal of the American Civil War, losing mightily to the South, 7-2.
“We had nine forwards, seven midfielders and two defenders,” says Traxler. “The South team was just amazing. They had a lot of amazing players on their team. All of their players were really solid. We got peppered.”
Pentucket coach Christian Langlois agreed to coach the North team at the last minute, and says that coaching Traxler as opposed to facing him was a nice change of pace.
“He was willing to play any position that we needed him at,” Langlois said of Traxler. “He played a quarter of the game at forward like he normally does. Then, the rest of the time, I had him at outside-mid. He looked good at outside-mid as well as forward.”