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.
The Gloucester football team may also have an emerging underclassmen on the interior line in Jacob Emerson. The 6’2” 230 pound defensive tackle has made big plays in each of the Fishermen’s two wins to open the season. Against Lynn Classical he forced a fumble with the Rams driving inside the Gloucester 10 yard line with a chance to take the lead. Last week against Salem the big sophomore blocked a punt which set up another Gloucester score.
Rockport’s Waynrynen already saw plenty of action as a sophomore in 2012, but he could have a breakout season in 2013. A natural athlete, Waynrynen is dangerous all over the field and showed off a unique skill in Friday’s win over Manchester Essex with a goal off of a corner kick, a corner kick that he kicked himself.
Gloucester cross country freshman Carly Curcuru has burst onto the scene in a big way this fall as she was Gloucester’s top finisher in each of its first two meets this spring.
The Manchester Essex field hockey team once again sits atop the Cape Ann League, but it may have a little competition for the top spot this fall.
That’s certainly not because the Hornets have taken a step back, first year head coach Kara Beauregard’s team is reloaded and poised for another deep tournament run. It’s because the competition has taken a step forward, most notably Ipswich and Lynnfield.
The Hornets are 1-0-1 against the Tigers and Pioneers so far with a win and a tie respectively and both teams figure to be in the Cape Ann League race all season long. Given the Hornets top of the line talent and championship pedigree, however, smart money is on the Hornets to win the CAL Small again, although it won’t come easy this year.