ROCKPORT— Monday’s Cape Ann League Small showdown between the Rockport and Georgetown boys soccer teams was not a state tournament match, but it featured everything that makes postseason soccer so great.
Entering the game, only a point separated the Vikings and Royals for first place in the CAL Small with the winner controlling its own destiny for the league crown. As a result, both teams laid it all on the line for the entire 80 minutes trading shots, collisions and saves.
In the end, the top two teams in the CAL Small could not find any separation finishing with a 1-1 draw. With the draw, the Royals remain a point ahead of the Vikings for first place and control their own destiny for the league title. The consolation prize for Rockport is a fifth straight trip to the postseason as Monday’s point gives them the 18 points necessary to qualify as its record stands at 8-4-2. Georgetown moves to 7-2-4, one of its losses coming at the hands of Rockport on opening night.
It was an intense, well played and exhausting contest, which is just your average night in the Cape Ann League according to Vikings head coach Dave Curley.
“Every game is like this all year long,” he said. “They’re the favorites coming in and I’m proud to say we’ve played them twice and they haven’t beaten us. Unfortunately they came in a point ahead of us so we need some help and we need to win out to have a shot at the conference title.”
Rockport got on the board first early in the first half when the team’s leading scorer, Shaun Aspesi, gathered a pass from Nick Sanfilippo and found the back of the net near post from a bad angle. It was a goal scorers goal from one of the top offensive players in the Cape Ann League.