ROCKPORT — Rockport head boys soccer coach Dave Curley called Monday’s Cape Ann League Small showdown with Ipswich a tale of two halves.
The Vikings turned in a great effort in the second half controlling play territorially while outscoring the Tigers 2-0. The first half, however, was all Ipswich as the Tigers used their speed advantage to take a 3-0 lead into the break en route to a 3-2 win at Rockport High School.
The win moves Ipswich to 2-0 on the young season and to the top of the Cape Ann League Small, Rockport falls to 1-1 in a brutally tough two game stretch to start the year against Georgetown and the Tigers.
“I thought the kids were prepared and ready to play, but just came out a little overzealous,” Curley said. “We were running around and chasing the ball too much and against a team with Ipswich’s speed that’s going to hurt you, and they made us pay. But I did like the way we settled down in the second half. It was a tough early schedule for us against Georgetown and Ipswich but I’m glad we were tested out of the gates because we will be better in the long run as a result of it.”
Ipswich’s speed was on display in the first half and it only took them seven minutes to get on the board when Matt Jaeger outraced a pair of Vikings defenders after a misplayed long ball and put it in the back of the net for a 1-0 Ipswich lead.
The teams traded opportunities for the next 20 minutes, but in the 28th minute Jaeger struck again after a free kick bounced off of a couple Rockport defenders in the box right onto Jaeger’s foot for his second goal of the half.
Jaeger would complete the hat trick just one minute later on a similar play to his first goal making it 3-0 and the rout appeared to be on.