Martha’s Vineyard U-15, U-18, U-19 boys soccer teams reach MTOC

MV United U-18 player Jack Roberts kicked the ball on the high bounce to send a cross into the Nantucket box. Martin Aranzabe scored on the play. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

Martha’s Vineyard will field three teams in the Massachusetts Tournament of Champions, June 22-24, in Lancaster.

The MV United Under-15, Under-18, and Under-19 boys travel teams punched their tickets to the MTOC with playoff victories last weekend.

Sunday, the U-15s played hosts Dartmouth in the South Coast Soccer League final. The teams met once in the regular season, on April 22 at Veterans Park and Dartmouth handed MVU its only defeat of the season, 1-0.

This time, the Vineyard got even. Colin Cameron scored the game winner at the 12 minute mark on a shot under the crossbar from 20 yards out to give United a 1-0 win.

The Vineyard attacked the Dartmouth defenders throughout the game but were unable to put a second ball in the onion bag. Two Vineyard goals were called back for offsides and another for interfering with the goalie.

Strong defending, a Vineyard hallmark throughout the season, by Tim Roberts, Ben Poole, Alex GordonBeck and Elie Jordie, backed by Matt Stone in goal, kept Dartmouth off the board.

The Vineyard also got solid play in the mid-field from Yannick Gonsalves and Brandon Dwane, which prevented Dartmouth from generating a sustained attack.

Esteban Aranzabe’s squad finished SCSL play with a 9-0-1 record, scoring 81 goals, while conceeding two. Overall, the team is 13-1-1.

In Under-18 play, the Vineyard had to win two matches in two days to reach the MTOC. They did exactly that.

Saturday, at Veterans Park, MVU downed Nantucket 2-0 in the SCSL semifinals.

The Vineyard opened the scoring midway through the first half when Jack Roberts ran down the right flank and kicked the ball on the half volley into the box where Martin Aranzabe bounced a shot into the goal through a maze of players.

Vincent Carlomagno scored the insurance marker in the second half on a header following a Kyp Cooperrider free kick from near midfield.

Sunday, in the SCSL final, MVU played in North Eastham against top seeded Oceana, a side who had battled back from a 2-0 halftime deficit at Veterans Park on May 6 to beat MV, 3-2.

The final was a different story. The teams played a tight first half, with MVU ahead 1-0 at the break but Oceana started the second half by heading the ball into its own net for an own goal and never recovered.

With the wind at their backs, the Islanders struck five more times to wrap up the league title with a 7-1 win. Martin Aranzabe scored twice; Jack Roberts, Evandro Medici, and Jacob Lawrence scored a goal each; and Ben Dwane scored from the penalty spot.

The U-19s (4-1) made the Vineyard playoff sweep complete with a 4-3 win in extra time over Fall River on Sunday at Mariner Field in Fairhaven.

Filipe Freitas was the man of the match with all four Vineyard goals.

The U-19s have reached the MTOC in four of the last five years.