Vineyard edged by Somerset, blanks Pembroke in field hockey

Tayla Kuehne battled a host of Somerset Berkley Raiders for a loose ball near the crease, late in the game on October 3. The Vineyard field hockey team lost, 1-0, but bounced back with a 1-0 win over Pembroke on Friday. The team hosts first place West Bridgewater today at 3 pm. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

This article was updated and corrected on October 12.

The Vineyard field hockey team began the second half of the season with a week of ups and downs. With a 7-2-2 overall record and needing only two points from seven games, Lisa Knight’s team is in a strong position to qualify for the state tournament. The Vineyarders’ Eastern Athletic Conference record, however, stands at 3-2-1 after a frustrating 1-0 loss to Somerset Berkley on October 3 at Dan McCarthy Field.

The Vineyarders were outplayed by the Raiders in the first half, regrouped for a rousing second half, but ultimately lost on a late goal with three minutes to play.

In the first 30 minutes, the Vineyarders struggled to find any consistency. Forays into the SB end were few, passes were off the mark, and the Raiders had the majority of possession.

Urged on by both the football and girls soccer teams, the Vineyarders came on a bit better late in the half and Tayla Kuehne nearly scored after a goalmouth scramble.

The second half seemed like a different game. The Vineyarders attacked with more urgency and defended aggressively. The consistent pressure nearly paid off after another free-for-all in the crease. Again, Tayla Kuehne was in the heat of the action but couldn’t poke the ball past the goalie.

Somerset Berkley was patient and counterattacked with success late in the game. Finally, through a maze of legs, the Raiders beat the EAC’s top goalie, Kathryn Antonsson, with a rebound into the left corner for the game winner.

The Vineyarders followed up the disappointing defeat with a 1-0 home win on Friday over Pembroke. The Purple peppered the Titans net relentlessly and put up 21 shots. Kat Dorr finally broke the deadlock midway through the second half, with a goal set up by Kendall Robinson.

The Vineyard defense, led by Issy Smith and Leah Fortes, protected the lead. Kathryn Antonsson earned the shutout with 10 saves. Winger Sydney Davies kept the Titans on their heels with several shots on goal.

The Vineyarders are home on Thursday for a huge EAC contest with first place West Bridgewater. The teams were scheduled to play Tuesday, but the match was rained out. The varsity game is at 3 pm. The jayvees play at 4:30 pm.