QUINCY — Matt Laut knew he had a special group even before the first regular season game.
The Georgetown boys soccer coach said during preseason his team had such a strong core of seniors that it could not only challenge for the CAL title but also make a deep state tournament run.
He was right. But unfortunately for Laut and the Royals, that deep state tourney run ended just one win shy of the program’s second Division 4 championship game berth in three years.
Cohasset beat Georgetown 2-0 in the Division 4 state semifinals here at Veteran’s Memorial Stadium last night.
A 48-second span proved costly. Matt Legge scored with eight seconds remaining in the first half. Adam Benson scored about 40 seconds into the second half.
“The beginning of the year, we talked about (how) we wanted to be state champions,” Laut said. “I mean, that was our goal from the start. We had the team here. We almost got there. But from the beginning, that was our goal. We had high expectations because we had a great team. We had 17 seniors and they really picked it up.
“We hit a low in the middle of the year where we couldn’t win any games but we weren’t losing. And then, after a team meeting, we really turned it on and really came alive, especially in the playoffs. We were, up until this game, pretty much unstoppable.”
The Royals had a stretch in October where they were tying a lot of opponents. But they won their final two regular season games and then ripped through the Division 4 North tourney, outscoring their four opponents 15-2.
But last night, Georgetown couldn’t muster any offense. Cohasset defenders did a fine job of covering prolific scorer Jared Warren.
“They played more of a stopper/sweeper,” Georgetown senior midfielder Justin MacRae said. “They had one guy hanging back so it cut off those angle balls ... to our strikers. So that kind of put a double-team on Jared, which kind of frustrated him, got him out of his rhythm. It really got to us early. In the second half, we did a better job of changing it up. Just they scored on us a little early. We had to change our whole game plan.”
It was a terrific season for the Royals, who improved from 8-6-5 last year to 13-3-7 this season.
“We kind of had a rebuilding year (in 2012) and this year, right back at it,” MacRae said. “Guys came in, team-orientated once again. No one star player. Everyone picks up the roles and does what the team needs to do to win a game.”
Cohasset 2, Georgetown 0
Division 4 State Semifinal
Goals: Matt Legge, Adam Benson
Saves: G — Gus Savage 7
Georgetown (13-3-7): 0 0 — 0
Cohasset (18-4-2): 1 1 — 2