MV boys keep on rolling
Photo by Ralph Stewart
The Martha's Vineyard Regional High School varsity boys soccer team just keeps on rolling. The Vineyarders won their 12th straight match, taking the senior day home finale Tuesday at Dan McCarthy Field, with a 2-0 Eastern Athletic Conference win over Bishop Stang. The Vineyarders (13-0-2 overall, 7-0 EAC) are league champs and last week broke into the Boston Globe top 20 at number 17. The stingy Purple defense has conceded only four goals in 15 matches.
In Tuesday's win over Bishop Stang the Vineyarders outshot the Spartans 13-2 in the first half, scoring both goals in the final four minutes before the break. M.V. took the lead in the 35th minute when Jason Lages slotted the ball into the corner of the onion bag following a perfect through ball from Kane Araujo. Three minutes later Yannick Gonsalves converted a pinpoint 35-yard feed from Sam Entner.
"Everybody put in a great effort and Stang always plays us tough," Vineyard coach Damon Burke said. [Goalie] David DaSilva did a great job in the first half. Our fullbacks are getting into attack better but we still definitely have a couple of things that we're going to be straightening out before the playoffs, but so far, so good." Coach Burke also lauded Evandro Medici who stepped up in midfield for the ailing Noah Kleinhenz.
Following the match, the team held a brief ceremony to honor seniors David DaSilva, John Victor Gonsalves, Neemias Carlos, Ben Wadleigh, Evandro Medici, Sam Entner, and Kane Araujo.
The Vineyarders have two matches remaining in the regular season.
"Bishop Feehan is our last league match away on Thursday and next week we've got one more away against D-Y (Dennis-Yarmouth), who are apparently in great form," Coach Burke said. "So they'll be tough matches and good preparation for the post-season, and that's sort of where our head is now: get these wins but make sure we're reinforcing good habits."
Last Friday, the Vineyarders notched a 5-0 win at Whitinsville Christian School. Jason Lages, Yannick Gonsalves, Gordon Moore, Nevin Wallis, and Sam Entner scored the Vineyard goals.
October 10 in Taunton, the Purple blanked Coyle Cassidy, 2-0, behind goals from Lages and Entner.
The MVRHS boys jayvees overwhelmed Bishop Stang 9-0 Tuesday in Oak Bluffs. Ryan Uva scored a hat trick, while Nainoa Cooper and Gordon Moore each tallied twice. Axsel Cooperrider and Elias Fhagen-Smith had a goal apiece.