ARLINGTON — The Rockport and Weston boys soccer teams are no strangers.
Having met deep in the Division 3 North tournament two of the past three years, the two programs have built some history together.
So when No. 5 seed Rockport kicked off against the eighth-seeded Wildcats at Arlington High School’s Peirce Field in the North semifinals Saturday, the Vikings knew Weston would give them all that they could handle.
As it turns out, the Wildcats gave Rockport more than it could handle. Having controlled play for much of the game, Weston finally broke through early in the second quarter and added an insurance goal with six minutes to play to secure its trip to the North final with a 2-0 victory.
And for the second-straight season, the Vikings saw their season get cut short in the semifinals.
“We struggled the entire game with our touch and with our possession game,” Rockport coach Dave Curley said. “Certainly a big part of that has got to go to Weston. Weston pressured the ball hard the whole game, made us hurry passes at times and beat us to some 50/50 balls that we normally don’t get beaten to. Credit to Weston.”
From the start, Weston dictated the play of the game. With a controlled possession game that mirrors Rockport’s style, the Wildcats pinned Rockport in its defensive end for much of the first half.
Despite an 11-4 shot deficit at halftime, though, the Vikings didn’t see much danger in the first half and kept most shots to the outside. In fact, when the Vikings were able to find transition they found some quality scoring chances of their own.
But when a miscommunication on the backline spotted Weston a 1-0 lead early in the second half, the road suddenly became a whole lot steeper.