Martha’s Vineyard sent two boys travel soccer teams to the Massachusetts Tournament of Champions in Lancaster last weekend. Both teams performed admirably.
The MV United Under-18 team played through an exhausting schedule of five matches in just over 48 hours before falling to Brockton, 3-0 in the state final, Sunday afternoon.
The Under-16 squad also made Sunday’s final four, but lost to John Boyle O’ Reilly of Springfield, 1-0, in the semifinal. The Islanders had a golden chance to tie the match when Felix Reagan was tripped in the box, but could not convert the ensuing penalty kick.
The best match of the weekend proved to be the U-18 semifinal between MV United and Sutton. The teams battled to a 3-3 draw through regulation time and two extra periods. United won the penalty kick tie-breaker, 6-5. Rafa Maciel made the deciding save and Luke Sederholm booted in the winning kick. Linycker Souza, Griffin Gardner, Filipe Freitas, Augusto Nunes, and Rodrigo Honorato scored the other penalties. John Marcal, Souza, and Gardner scored in regulation.
The Vineyard teams qualified for Sunday’s playoffs with their strong play during the round-robin competition on Friday and Saturday.
The U-18s began the tournament riding a five match winning streak and stayed hot with a 3-0 win over Medfield. Linycker Souza tallied twice and John Marcal scored once.
The U-16s came to the MTOC with a gaudy 10-0-0 record and blanked Newton 1-0 in Friday’s opener. Jack Roberts scored the goal for MV.
Saturday, each team played twice. The U-18s played out a 0-0 draw with Nashoba in the morning match and thrashed Dalton 5-0 in the afternoon. John Marcal and Filipe Freitas had two goals each. Linycker Souza scored once.
The U-16s started off with a 2-1 win over Auburn. Kyp Cooperrider scored off of a free kick and Charlie Pikor netted the second on a header.
United tasted defeat for the first time in a 2-1 afternoon loss to Middleboro. Jacob Lawrence scored the Vineyard goal.