Rockport 2 Amesbury 1
The Vikings (12-4-2) got a scare from an Amesbury team furiously defending its home turf on senior night, but a goal from Jonathan Ferrante with just over three minutes to play propelled the Vikings to their second straight Cape Ann League Small title and third league title in the last four years.
“These guys have had a great season and I’m really proud of them,” Rockport head coach Dave Curley said. “It’s hard to win the Cape Ann League, when you look through our gym this is the seventh league title for the program in the last 43 years. I’m really happy for this team. The kids worked extremely hard all year and they deserve the result they got tonight.”
Amesbury drew first blood just five minutes into the contest and carried that momentum through the majority of the first 40 minutes of play until Shaun Aspesi scored after gathering a perfect through ball from Mateo Laverde to tie the score at 1-1 with five minutes to play in the half.
“It was a very emotional night for (Amesbury), they wanted to win on senior night,” Curley said. “We knew they would be tough, they are a different team at home and they came out flying. It took us a little while to take the momentum back.”
Once the Vikings took hold of the momentum they dominated play as the second half featured scoring chance after scoring chance for the CAL Small champs. Rockport had 18 shots in the second half and six corner kicks but had trouble converting until Ferrante put home a cross from Andrew Waynrynen in the game’s final minutes to clinch the conference title.
Rockport now turns its attention to the state tournament, where it will probably host a first round game late next week. Boys soccer pairings will be released on Wednesday.
Georgetown 2Manchester Essex 1
The Hornets (10-5-3) played well in their final game of the season but a pair of second half goals from the Royals did them on.
Parker Edington gave Manchester Essex a 1-0 lead scoring on a penalty kick after Tao Sardonicus was fouled. The Hornets would take that lead into the half before Georgetown pulled ahead in the final 40 minutes of play.