It’s always an intense, well played and important soccer match was Cape Ann League Small rivals and Cape Ann counterparts Rockport and Manchester Essex meet in boys soccer action. But on Friday at Hyland Field, the two games put forth an instant classic.
Every point is huge when it comes to the CAL Small and according to Rockport head coach Dave Curley and Manchester Essex head coach Rob Bilsbury, both teams played with the urgency that it needed a point to save its season.
It was evident that the match pitted two evenly skilled teams against one another as both teams had its fair share of opportunities. The Hornets were the aggressors Friday and Rockport counter-attacked, both strategies worked effectively.
In the end it was Rockport’s Andrew Waynrynen that broke a 1-1 tie late in the second half to give the Vikings the win. Parker Edington scored for the Hornets while Dillon Vecchione had Rockport’s other goal.
The win, combined with a 2-0 shutout over Amesbury on Tuesday, propelled Rockport to the top of the CAL Small standings.
Although the loss stung for Manchester Essex, it still sits just a point behind the Vikings for the CAL Small lead and picked up its biggest win of the year, a 3-1 win over Ipswich, in its next match.
The young Gloucester girls soccer team may be off to a tough 0-2-1 start, but there are a few budding future stars on the roster that have already made some noise this season.
Goal keeper Sabrina Maciel, a sophomore, has been a rock in net for Gloucester over the first three games of the season. Sure the Fishermen have allowed a bunch of goals in their two losses, but those scores do not do justice to the way the sophomore goalie performed. She turned in more than 20 saves on opening night against Salem and she flirted with 20 saves against Swampscott Tuesday night. She also has a shutout against Winthrop, which ended in a 0-0 tie.