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October 10, 2012

Farrell much more than just a talented soccer player

Matt Farrell, who has 11 goals and three assists while leading Pentucket boys soccer to a 8-1-2 record so far, is much more than just a superb athlete.

The senior also is in the percussion ensemble at Pentucket Regional and plays the drums, bongos and toms.

And he is taking four AP classes (calculus, statistics, physics and German). To improve his German, which he has been taking since seventh grade, he spent two and a half weeks in Germany and a week in Austria last summer on an exchange program.

“It was my first time leaving the United States and it (was awesome) getting a feel for what other nations are like culture-wise and seeing how other people live,” Farrell said.

On the soccer field, Farrell has been the Sachems’ top goal scorer, working hard to replace the production of Colin Macdonald, who last year pumped in 17 goals and added 10 assists.

Farrell, who struggled with an infected blister on his heel last year, already has surpassed goal total and matched his assist total from his junior year.

“It was a big step up for me having our big goal scorer graduate and (knowing) somebody definitely needs to fill that spot,” Farrell said. “It wasn’t really a big trouble for me. Last year, I was doing good and then I got an injury and that really set me back a little bit. But I knew I had it in me.”

Farrell scored the game’s lone goal in an impressive 1-0 win over North Andover. He netted a hat trick against Triton and scored two goals against Ipswich in a 6-0 rout.

Pentucket dominance

Pentucket has recorded seven shutouts in 11 games, outscoring their opponents 26-5.

“I think (midfield) Zack Chapman has stepped it up really well,” Farrell said. “He’s leading our team in assists and he should have a lot more if I hadn’t missed opportunities. Our defensive line is doing amazing. Ben Craig is the big leader back there. And our sophomore goalie Cody (Sedler) has just been phenomenal. Such a young player and he’s acting like a big guy out there.”

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