Martha’s Vineyard boys draw 0-0 with Nauset in home debut

Jason Lages goes on the attack to find a game-winning goal late in the second half. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

With dusk falling, a busy Saturday of high school sports at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School came to a close as the boys soccer team drew 0-0 with the Nauset Warriors at Dan McCarthy Field. The Vineyarders beat the Warriors 1-0 on September 4 in North Eastham.

The Vineyarders had two golden chances to break the stalemate late in the second half. With two minutes to play, Warrior keeper Tyler Packett parried a Jason Lages shot away from the left post, while falling to the turf. Seconds later, Lages unleashed a 25-yard free kick that tucked up under the crossbar, bouncing down and out of the net. The officials ruled that the ball had not completely crossed the goal line. With the Vineyarders trying to mount one last attack, referee Chris Decker blew the final whistle and teams shared the points.

“It was a hard fought game,” Vineyard coach Damon Burke said. “I think we had the better of the chances. A great save by their goalkeeper at the end and a free kick that I really think was in…I can’t wait to see the video.”

“We’re undefeated, we’re dangerous when we’re playing our runs and keeping the ball on the ground, he said, “We’re doing good things. I’m real proud of the guys. They defended the home field. I’m looking forward to league play, starting next week.”

After three matches, the Vineyarders have a win and two draws. The Purple play again Tuesday at 3 pm in an Eastern Athletic Conference match against Somerset Berkley.