The Vineyard Under 15-16 boys captured the Cape Cod Challenge Cup on Memorial Day in Sandwich. The event is sponsored by the Sandwich Soccer Club. M.V. beat top-seeded America FC United of Quincy, 1-0, in the final to claim the Cup.
AFCU is a U-16 team that was just promoted to Division 2 in the Massachusetts Premier League.
The game was hard fought with strong physical play from both teams. Sam Entner scored the game-winner five minutes into the second half. Matt Stone added two key saves to seal the win.
The U15-16 team is coached by Esteban Aranzabe and Matt Poole
M.V. played five matches over the holiday weekend and finished the tournament with four wins and a tie, while scoring 10 goals and conceding only two.
On Saturday, the Vineyard tied the Sandwich Hurricanes, 1-1, and defeated Coventry Soccer (R.I.), 3-0. Sunday, they defeated RAMS Football Club (R.I.), 3-1.
Based on the preliminary round, the team qualified for the playoffs on Memorial Day as the second seed. M.V. defeated the third-seeded Smithfield Strikers (R.I.), 2-0, in the semi-final.
The MV United U-15 boys play their final regular season game on Sunday at Veterans Memorial Park at 1:15 pm. The following weekend they will host Fall River in the first playoff round, at a time to be determined.