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October 22, 2013

Rockport boys close in on CAL Small crown

ROCKPORT — The Rockport boys soccer team’s chances of winning the Cape Ann League Small title looked bleak after last week’s 1-1 tie with rival Georgetown.

Following the draw, the Royals stood one point ahead of the Vikings first place and controlled their own destiny for the league crown.

But after the two following games for each team, the power shifted. Rockport picked up a pair of wins over Ipswich and Manchester Essex while Georgetown settled for two draws against Lynnfield and Ipswich, and all of a sudden Rockport found itself in first place and controlling its own destiny for the CAL Small championship.

All the Vikings needed to do to clinch the championship is beat Lynnfield and Amesbury in their final two regular season games. On Monday, Rockport finished half of the job with a 4-0 win over rival Lynnfield at Rockport High School. A victory on the road against winless Amesbury on Wednesday will give the Vikings the CAL Small title.

“We have (played ourselves into a good position),” Vikings head coach Dave Curley said. “The kids have been working hard to get to this point and they have one more game to go. After last week’s tie with Georgetown, we needed a little help. The kids continued to stay focused and play strong and we got the help we needed when Georgetown tied twice.”

Rockport (11-4-2) has picked a perfect time to start playing its best soccer of the season as the team is unbeaten in its last five contests and has gone 3-0-1 in its second go-round in the CAL Small.

The Vikings prowess was on full display on Monday night, which was senior night at Rockport High School. The Pioneers had not allowed a goal in their last three contests and the Vikings carved up their defense with three first half goals.

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