Martha’s Vineyard posts soccer sweep over Whitinsville

The jubilant Vineyard girls ran to salute the home crowd after the 1-0 win. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School soccer teams — girls and boys — took to the pitch at Dan McCarthy Field Saturday and came away with a pair of 1-0 wins over Whitinsville Christian School.

The girls won their second consecutive match to even their record at 2-2, while the boys remained unbeaten with four wins and two draws.

The Vineyard girls opened the double header and played a consistently fine match at both ends of the pitch. Mariah Campbell scored the lone goal, 15 minutes into the second half. Whitney Schroeder forced a Crusader turnover and Campbell moved up from a central defensive position to place a floater into the far corner.

“I thought we deserved to win today,” coach Richard Bennett said. “I thought we had the better of the possession and controlled the game better but 1-0 games, you never know. It was a little hairy at the end.”

The Vineyard defense was solid for the entire 80 minutes and goalie Cana Courtney earned the clean sheet.

Although the 1-0 score was the same, the Vineyard boys dominated the Crusaders from start to finish. The Purple used a fluid short passing game to thoroughly control possession and keep Whitinsville hemmed in its own end. Vineyard keeper Ben Wadleigh had the cleanest sheet imaginable. The Crusaders managed just one shot and none on target. On the plus side for Whitinsville, the Crusaders defense — particularly in the second half — did a good job of limiting quality chances and rebounds.

The Vineyarders scored the decisive goal in the 22nd minute. Yannick Gonsalves placed a perfect cross across the goal mouth from the right flank and Jason Lages headed the ball into the mesh from 10 feet out at the left post.

“Everything was good but the finishing today,” coach Damon Burke said after the win. “Our decision making wasn’t great in the first half. In the second half it got a lot better.”

Thursday, both Vineyard teams defeated Dennis-Yarmouth. The girls came from behind to win 2-1 and the boys won 2-0.

The Vineyarders are in action again on Tuesday in Eastern Athletic Conference matches against Coyle Cassidy. The girls host the Warriors at 3 pm, while the boys travel to Taunton for a 4 pm match.