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October 17, 2013

Will work for wins

Amesbury captain needed in various positions

AMESBURY — Amanda Martin knew she was in for a tough season when it began. The Amesbury girls soccer captain just didn’t know how tough.

“She’s in pretty much every play,” said Amesbury coach Cathy Berry. “Everything has to run through her, offensively. She has the best foot skills out there, offensively. She is the fastest on the team. She covers the most ground. But the biggest thing is, since we’re young, she reacts quicker than most of the girls. So it seems like she’s always there.”

The junior co-captain has had to be there for the Indians, a lot. After losing eight seniors from last year’s team that went 16-0-1 in the regular season, Martin and fellow junior co-captain defender Kelly DiFazio are currently the only returning starters on the pitch after junior center-mid Madison McClean went down with an injury during the first game. Berry needed someone to step up. Martin was nominated.

“I was a little bit nervous at first,” said Martin, who went into the season expecting to play outside-mid. “The center-mid kind of controls the whole game, but I’ve kind of gotten used to it because I get a lot of touches on the ball in the middle of the field, so it kind of works out.”

It’s worked out well enough, with Martin tallying eight goals and two assists so far.

“I’m starting to like it a little bit more,” Martin said of center-mid. “I do get more touches on the ball, and I’m getting more used to it.”

It helps that McClean has been there on the sidelines, giving pointers. Berry said that it’s Martin’s demeanor that has kept things going as the Indians have battled their way through a 4-8-1 season so far.

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