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June 22, 2013

Favorite Moment: Rockport soccer makes another big tournament run

In theory, it would be easy to come up with a top moment of the 2012-2013 high school sports season.

That is, of course, until you come up with that “Oh, yeah” moment. That other game you hadn’t thought of. That one play, that one storyline, that had escaped your memory at first thought.

So I’m just going to go with my gut. And for my money, my favorite moment of this sports season was the postseason run by the Rockport boys soccer team.

To be fair, the fall of 2012 wasn’t the most decorated season for the Vikings under storied coach Dave Curley. Over his decades steering the ship from the Vikings’ bench, Rockport has established itself as a soccer powerhouse in Division 3 North.

But even though the Vikings’ season, which ended with a loss to Weston in the Division 3 North semifinals, might not have ended with the same kind of hardware as some previous seasons, it doesn’t take away from how exciting their run last fall was.

It all started with a phenomenal regular season. With nine seniors on the Rockport roster, Cape Ann League opponents were certainly anticipating the Vikings to make life difficult on them.

And they sure did. The Vikings went 12-4-2 during the regular season — and 10-4-2 in the CAL — en route to a CAL Small title and the No. 5 seed in the Division 3 North tournament.

That’s where the real fun began. In my mind, the most exciting game I saw all season was Rockport’s first round win over CAL rival and No. 12 seed North Reading. Playing in their final home game of the season, the Vikings got everything they could handle from North Reading but found a way to come out with the win.

Senior co-captain Tucker Meredith landed a header for the game’s only goal and senior goalkeeper Eric Littlefield made a handful of unreal saves to grab the 1-0 win.

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