WORCESTER — In the Division 4 state championship, Cohasset posed little threat to Sutton, which won its third consecutive state title, 4-0, Saturday afternoon.
Sophomore forward Cole Acocelli scored twice.
In the 20th minute, Sutton forward Logan Nellis found himself one-on-one with John Chamberlain and tried to sneak a shot past the Cohasset goalkeeper at the near post. Chamberlain was up to the challenge, though, and made a strong kick save to keep Sutton off the scoreboard. For the time being.
Moments later, Chamberlain saved another shot from Nellis from close range. But Sutton piled on the pressure, as Cohasset struggled to get into an offensive rhythm in the half.
Sutton forward Ryan Elster opened the scoring in the 22d minute. Off a corner kick, Chamberlain came out of his net and tried to punch the ball clear. But after missing the punch, Elster latched onto a loose ball and fired it in with his left foot.
It wasn’t long before Sutton doubled its lead. Defender Jordan Elster found Acocelli off a free kick, and the forward looped his header over Chamberlain’s outstretched arm at the far post, giving the Sammies a 2-0 lead.
Sutton picked up where it left off in the second half. Acocelli picked up a loose ball near the back post and saw no defenders near him. The time allowed Acocelli to take a touch inside before firing in Sutton’s third goal of the game.
“Cole’s growing and learning,” said Sutton coach Michael Elster. “Cole’s been working very hard for me all season. It’s nice to have a sophomore who can do that for you, because it bodes well for the future.”
The Sammies cruised the rest of the game — Cohasset didn’t manage a shot on target throughout the remainder of the game.
Sutton scored its fourth goal in the 68th minute. Following some short, one-touch passes around and into the penalty box, defender Dale Dubinsky completed the scoring for the state champions.
“I think in four years, these seniors have only lost three games,” said Elster. “We were obviously moving the ball very well. Cohasset’s a good team, but I thought we were a little stronger.
“Our passing game I thought was pretty good today, and honestly I thought we had some speed up front that they were challenged with. It helped us open up the field a little bit more.”