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October 4, 2012

Rockport shuts out Newburyport for sixth straight win

ROCKPORT — If the Rockport boys soccer team proved one thing yesterday afternoon, it’s that it’s going to take a lot more than a strong opponent and bad weather to derail its current hot streak.

Behind two goals from Nick Laverde and a dominant team performance, the Vikings earned their sixth-consecutive win to remain atop the CAL Small when they rolled past visiting Newburyport, 3-0, at Rockport High School.

“I’m really pleased with today’s effort,” Rockport coach David Curley said. “Newburyport, in my opinion, is the hardest-working team in the league, and I think you’ve got to put our guys right there with them now.

“My guys are just playing really, really well together and they’re buying into the systems we’re playing.”

On paper, yesterday’s matchup looked to be a tight one for Rockport — especially considering the fact that they were coming off tough opponents in Hamilton-Wenham and North Reading over the last week.

The Clippers are traditionally strong, and with them trotting out a tough, talented squad yesterday, it seemed Rockport would need a complete performance to come away with another win.

Well, the Vikings got that kind of performance. They got on the board just six minutes into the game, when midfielder Kyle Hurst took a beautiful cross-field pass from Conor Douglass and, sliding through the penalty box, flicked the ball into the corner of the net to give the Vikings a lead they wouldn’t look back from.

Midway through the first half, Rockport connected again. And, again, Douglass was the catalyst. The senior co-captain sent another cross into the penalty box, where Laverde connected to give the Vikings a commanding lead.

Laverde wrapped up the day’s scoring three minutes into the second half, when — surprise, surprise — Douglass found him again for another tally to give Rockport (7-1) a commanding lead.

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