Rockport Vikings Boys Soccer '07

Tue, Oct 23, 2007 03:45 PM @ Rockport
Team 1st 2nd Final
Masconomet 1 0 1
Rockport 0 1 1

Rockport ties mighty Masco, stays alive for tourney

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On paper, it didn't seem likely that the Rockport boys soccer team would get the tie it needed to stay alive for a postseason berth against Cape Ann League power Masconomet yesterday.

But as the old saying goes, games aren't played on paper. The Vikings tied Masco 1-1 to remain alive for the state tournament. Rockport is now 7-8-2 and needs a win tomorrow against Manchester Essex to qualify for the postseason.

Rockport got a second half goal from sophomore Michael Emerson to erase a 1-0 halftime deficit. Ben Clarkson tallied the assist for the Vikings, who took advantage of a strong wind in the second half. Senior captain Derek Osmond also played a great all-around game for Rockport.

"This was a must-tie game for us," said Rockport coach David Curley. "Masco is a great team and this was an entire team effort for us. We played smart, aggressively and with a lot of heart. I am so proud of this team regardless of what happens tomorrow."

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