QUINCY — The Cohasset boys’ soccer team is now sailing in uncharted waters, going farther into postseason than any previous Skippers team.
The Skippers defeated Georgetown, 2-0, at Veterans Stadium in Quincy on Tuesday night in the Division 4 EMass final.
Cohasset (17-4-2) got on the scoreboard with just over one minute left before the half. Sophomore Matt Legge, the hero in the South sectional final with two second-half goals, scored again, this time off of a corner kick from senior Joe Buckley.
In the second half, the Skippers needed just 30 seconds to add to their lead. Adam Benson, a junior, converted a pass from senior Bryan McKeon to give the Skippers a commanding 2-0 advantage.
“We always tell our players that the last minute of a half and the first minute [of the second half] are very dangerous times in a game, and we were able to take advantage of it tonight by ending and starting off very strong,” said Cohasset coach Jim Willis. “[Georgetown] had a strong and balanced offense, but again our defense and goaltending came up big.”
Georgetown goaltender Gus Savage (10 saves) kept the game at a two-goal deficit with a great save of a Buckley penalty kick in the game’s final 10 minutes.
Georgetown (13-3-7) had chances, with its best immediately after Cohasset’s second goal. Senior Justin McRae passed to senior Jared Warren, but the shot sailed just wide of Cohasset junior goaltender Pat Federle (seven saves).
The Skippers, led by senior Brendan O’Connell and junior Cole Morrison, helped keep the high-flying Georgetown offense off the scoreboard.
The Royals threatened in the second half with 14 possessions in the scoring area, paced by the effort of senior Ben Noelk, but came up empty-handed.
“We had very high expectations, but we’re happy with our season and our effort,” said Georgetown coach Matthew Laut. “We lose 17 seniors and all our starters, but again next year we will have very high expectations. Our underclassmen got much-needed experience this season and we hope to build on this season.”
Georgetown entered the contest outscoring its first four postseason opponents, 15-2, including top-seeded Lowell Catholic. The Royals’ most recent taste of success before this season was in 2011 when they advanced to the state title game.
The Skippers’ latest claim to fame was a South sectional final defeat in 2010. This is the first time they have advanced this far in 24 years.
The first half saw Cohasset holding a large territorial advantage with 21 possessions in the scoring area compared with Georgetown’s 12.