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December 5, 2012

SALEM NEWS BOYS SOCCER ALL-STARS 2012

Player of the Year

Eric Martin

Danvers, Senior

Center Midfield

Eric Martin stood in a class of his own this season. The senior midfielder eclipsed 100 points and will go down as the all-time leading scorer in Falcons program history.

“He’s a guy that we can lean on,” said head coach Mike Chase after Martin’s milestone. “To step (since he was) a freshman and dominate with the points he has, it’s very impressive. Beyond his ability and the goal scoring, he’s a modest kid that’s very humble and brings it every day to practice.”

Martin was named the Northeastern Conference Small’s MVP for his 39 goal and 14 assist performance this season. As team captain, Martin led the Falcons past Saugus in a regular season contest in which he scored six goals and assisted on another.

Named to the All-State and All-New England team, Martin is the type of player that can instantly turn a game around, simply by stepping on the field. He can create space in the smallest of places and has no problem shaking off 2-3 defenders to score.

“Eric truly makes everyone around him better and he’s a fun kid to be around,” added Chase.

Not only a soccer player, Martin plays basketball in winter as a point guard and is able to see the court much like the soccer pitch.

Though Martin hasn’t decided on a college just yet, he does plan to continue is soccer career next fall.

CHIP SHERMAN

Masconomet, Senior

Forward/Midfield

Named Cape Ann League Player of the Year ... Masco athlete of the month in October ... All-State and All-New England member ... The 18-year-old Topsfield native committed to play Division 1 soccer at Siena College next year ... Holds a 3.7 GPA ... Finished with 10 goals and 14 assists and led the team in scoring ... One of three captains this year for the Chieftains ... Recorded two assists against East Boston in the Division 1 North first round.

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