The Vineyard varsity boys soccer team has made coach Damon Burke a happy man of late. “Yep, happy coach,” he said Tuesday night after the Vineyarders blanked the Coyle Cassidy Warriors 2-0 in Taunton. Undefeated with five wins and two draws, the Vineyarders have won three matches in the past five days, allowing zero shots on goal in the past two. All told, the Vineyarders have won four straight and haven’t conceded a goal since September 9 in Barnstable (a 1-1 draw), a span of five matches and 400 minutes plus.
Tuesday, against the Warriors, the Vineyarders dominated possession. Colin Cameron tallied from Elie Jordi and Sam Entner scored on a leaping volley, assisted by Yannick Gonsalves.
Saturday, the boys completed a girls, boys Island sweep of Whitinsville Christian School, with a 1-0 win. The Vineyarders were in control 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 goalmouth 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.”
The Dennis-Yarmouth Dolphins visited the Island on September 19 and returned to the Cape on the short end of a 2-0 score, courtesy of Jason Lages, who netted a pair of goals.
The Vineyarders have a busy week ahead with an Eastern Athletic Conference match Thursday in North Dartmouth at Bishop Stang, a home match Saturday at 2:30 pm against Nantucket, and a home EAC showdown with Bishop Feehan Tuesday at 3 pm.