The Vineyarders are in the midst of a three-game stretch against division one competition as the regular season comes to a close.
First, they hosted Barnstable on Monday afternoon. The Red Raiders scored two quick goals to gain the early advantage. Kat Dorr set up Kendall Robinson for a Vineyard goal to cut the lead in half, but the game ended 2-1.
Despite the loss, coach Lisa Knight is proud of her team’s play this season. The Vineyarders are 9-4-3 and have already qualified for state tournament play.
“They’ve all played stellar, I’m proud of all of them,” coach Knight said. “It would be good to get some more wins, but these games against D1 schools are important in preparing us for the tournament. When we get to the tournament and face [division two] schools not as big or as skilled, we might go further.”
The Vineyarders have two matches remaining, both at home, against Falmouth tomorrow, October 26, at 3 pm and Needham on Saturday at 10 am.
“Four more points could put us in a home game situation for the tournament,” coach Knight said.
The field hockey team joined the girls soccer team for an epic journey on Sunday to Nantucket via Woods Hole and Hyannis to take on the Whalers in matches postponed from Saturday by rain.
After a scoreless first half, Lilly Sylvia put Nantucket ahead 1-0 early in the second. Kendall Robinson responded with a quick equalizer and scored again four minutes later to lift M.V. to a 2-1 win.
Vineyard goalie Kathryn Antonsson made 10 saves to keep the Whalers at bay.
The jayvee field hockey team did not make the trip to Nantucket, but they hosted Barnstable on Tuesday. The younger Vineyarders suffered the same fate as the varsity, a 2-1 defeat, but played an outstanding match. Gabby Hoxsie scored the Vineyard goal.
“They were really remarkable,” coach Knight said of the jayvees. She lauded the work of head coach Nina Butler and assistant Kaylea Moore. “The program is bright. The coaching staff has done a great job.”
Friday’s varsity and jayvee games against Falmouth will be “Pink Day” for breast cancer awareness. The home finale against Needham on Saturday is senior appreciation day. The festivities get under way at 8:30 am.
The Vineyard varsity teams competed Saturday in Northfield at the Bay State Invitational.
Running against 30 schools, the boys placed fourth, finishing behind only Bishop Feehan, Newburyport, and Hopedale.
Mike Schroeder led the Vineyarders in the 5,000-meter event by posting a time of 17:32.8, which was 14th overall. Jeremy Alley-Tarter was next in 17:49.5 (20th). Cooper Chapman (18:11.9, 35th), Kyle Joba-Woodruff (18:23.6, 43rd), Sam Oslyn (18:27.3, 46th), Andrew Wiley (18:49.0, 63rd), and Isaiah Maynard (19:14.6, 73rd) rounded out the field.
In the girls Division 2 race, Julia Neville (23:01.2, 55th) was the first Vineyarder to the finish line. Willoe Maynard was next (24:02.5, 74th), followed by Hannah Moore (25:56.5, 109th) and Lilly Neville (26:35.7, 116th).
The experience gained by the Vineyarders on the challenging Northfield course should serve them well for the runners who qualify and make a return trip for the state finals on November 17.
Next up for the Vineyard harriers is the EAC league meet on Saturday at Borderland State Park in Easton.
The Vineyarders gave a strong effort in a 0-0 draw at Nantucket on Sunday. The girls host Sturgis West Charter School on senior day, Saturday at 1 pm in the season finale.