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Div. 4 boys’ soccer: Cohasset takes 1st title since ’89

Sacred Heart’s Benjamin Leblanc holds off a Cohasset player as he tries to control the ball.

Lane Turner/Globe Staff

Sacred Heart’s Benjamin Leblanc holds off a Cohasset player as he tries to control the ball.

With the Division 4 South boys’ soccer title game tied at 1, Cohasset sophomore Matt Legge stood right at the doorstep, with a chance to score the go-ahead goal.

Senior Joe Buckley’s pass turned Legge’s back to the net, but he stayed calm and connected with a crafty no-look finish with his right foot in the 48th minute. He added an insurance goal to give the Skippers (17-4-2) the sectional crown, as they beat Sacred Heart, 3-1, Sunday afternoon at Taunton High School.

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It’s the Skippers’ first sectional title since 1989, and they advanced to Tuesday night’s Division 4 state semifinals in Quincy.

Legge laughed when asked if Cohasset coach Jim Willis would have been upset with the backward shot had it not gone in.

“My coach would’ve been like, ‘What are you doing out there?’ ” Legge said.

It was a 1-1 game at halftime when the Skippers picked up the tempo and consistently attacked the net, even when they had the lead.

Willis said his team used to have the mind-set of worrying about protecting leads instead of adding to them, but fixed that problem in the previous game and continued Sunday.

“We’ve been really stressing in practice about playing defense by using offense,” Willis said.

Cohasset got on the board first in the 24th minute, when senior Ryan McKeon bent a pass to junior Adam Benson, who finished it on a header.

Sacred Heart (16-3-1) tied it in the 26th minute when senior Kieran Kelleher laced a shot through after shaking two defenders.

North

Georgetown 2, Hamilton-Wenham 0 — Roughly 10 minutes into the second half, Justin MacRae found teammate Ben Denoncour streaking down the left hashmarks at Manning Field, with one defender to beat.

Denoncour got a step on his opponent about 10 yards from the net, received a perfect feed, and belted it left-footed into the back of the net. It was the final tally in Georgetown’s 2-0 sectional final win over the Generals.

“Ben always has the tendency to make that run, and I just try to thread the needle,” said MacRae, who has a team-leading 18 assists.

Hamilton-Wenham outshot the Royals, but senior goalie Gus Savage made nine saves for his sixth shutout of the season.

He was given an early lead to work with when senior captain Ben Noelk, after being tripped up in the box, scored on a penalty kick in the 12th minute of the first half.

“From start to finish, we worked as a team; that was the biggest thing,” Laut said.

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