Still riding high from Tuesday’s grueling 1-0 victory over No. 4 seed St. Mary’s, members of the fifth-seeded Rockport boys soccer team laced up their cleats in their locker room yesterday afternoon, ready to begin preparation for tonight’s Division 3 North semifinal matchup against Weston.
Only coach Dave Curley brought a surprise with him to the locker room. For the first time in nine days, the team wouldn’t be working out.
“We had a classroom session,” Curley said. “We met and reviewed the scouting report and talked about our strategies and our plans. I think their bodies
needed an opportunity to recover. We haven’t had a break. Today they needed to just enjoy last night’s game and the purpose of the meeting was to move off of that track and onto the next one.”
The next one, it seems, will be a tough one. When the Vikings take the Arlington High School field today (5:30), it will be their third tournament game in five days, having already beaten North Reading on Sunday and St. Mary’s on Tuesday.
But Rockport’s not alone in the quick turnaround. In fact, in terms of emotional stress, the Vikings likely have an edge over Weston. In Weston’s quarterfinal matchup against top-seeded Boston International on Tuesday, the Wildcats fell behind, 1-0, in the opening minutes and could easily have fallen behind by three goals before halftime, Curley said.
The Wildcats found a way to win, though, scoring two goals over the game’s final six minutes to move on to tonight’s meeting with the Vikings.
“Talk about an emotional win,” Curley said. “That’s the challenge that both teams face, but both schools know how to ratchet it back up. The win over North Reading at home was emotional for us, and certainly draining both physically and emotionally.”