Bishop Feehan blanks Martha's Vineyard in boys soccer
Photo by Ralph Stewart
The Martha's Vineyard Regional High School boys soccer team played well against conference rival Bishop Feehan at home Saturday, but failed to capitalize on a number of premium scoring opportunities early, en route to a 2-0 loss.
The two teams entered the important division match-up with similar records; the Vineyarders were 5-2-4 overall, while Feehan came in with a record of 6-4-2. Both teams were 3-1-2 in the Eastern Athletic Conference (EAC).
The game started as a defensive stalemate, and neither team was able to take a shot on goal for the first eight minutes. But thanks to great ball control, the Vineyarders were able to get some quality shots about midway through the half.
With 22:42 left in the half, Noah Kleinhenz almost scored off a free kick. And then four minutes later Martin Aranzabe found himself one-on-one with the goalie in front of the net but missed wide left.
Feehan broke through with 11:50 left in the half on a header by James Payne that sailed just over the reach of goalie Ben Wadleigh to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. Payne scored after the Vineyarders failed to clear the ball in their own end.
With ten minutes left in the half, Jack Roberts just missed a shot over the top of the goal that would have tied the game. Following a defensive breakdown, Feehan took a 2-0 lead on a goal by Zach Pena.
With the sun going down and temperatures dropping in the second half, the Vineyarders were never able to mount a comeback and never really got the good looks at Feehan's goal like they did in the first half.
With the loss the Vineyarders fell to 5-3-4 overall and 3-2-2 in the EAC.
M.V. plays at Somerset-Berkley on Thursday and travels to Nantucket on Saturday.