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September 24, 2013

Saving face

Methuen's Altavesta helps out Rangers after recovery from brutal face injury

“I broke a couple of bones in the left side of my face. I broke my jaw, the orbital bone, my nose and the top of my skull right above my eyebrow.”

Ouch.

Methuen’s Avery Altavesta did quite a number to his face last year during his senior season while playing goalkeeper for the Rangers. His injury happened during the second game against Chemlsford on a free kick.

“I came out for a ball and I got blinded-sided,” Altavesta said. “Somebody headbutted me in the side of the face. I stood up thinking it was a concussion and fell down. I stood up again and then I passed out. I woke up on the sideline with one of the trainers from Chelmsford telling me that they needed to call an ambulance because my face was broken.”

After a nine-hour surgery in which metal screws and plates were placed in his face and then an eight-month recovery before not feeling any pain in his face, Atlavesta is back on the soccer field as Methuen’s goalkeeper coach this fall.

The 2013 Methuen graduate is enjoying his time in that role until he leaves for basic training in November or December. He has signed up for the Marine Corps and is waiting to hear when exactly he will attend boot camp.

“The athletic director was kind of like, ‘If you’re going to be around, you should definitely help out the team, working with their goalies,’” Altavesta said.

Altavesta asked Methuen head coach Jeff Lamy who was glad to have his former keeper join the coaching staff.

“It’s a totally new experience for me after being a player,” Altavesta said. “I help the girls varsity goalie, too. It’s a totally new experience but I love it. It’s so much fun training these keepers.”

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