Vineyard soccer teams 8 for 8 on pitch

Hammers defender JoJo Bonneau, moves to control a bouncing ball while Patrick Flaherty fills in behind to support. — Photo by John Zarba

The eight MV United travel soccer teams were perfect on the pitch in South Coast Soccer League (SCSL) play last weekend.

The boys Under-12B Hammers rolled over Barnstable, 5-0, Saturday at Veterans Park. The visitors came out strong and had the Vineyard on the back foot for the first 20 minutes.

Against the run of play, Tim Wallis put the hosts up 1-0 in the 23rd minute, taking the ball from outside the 18-yard line and dribbling past three defenders. Ben Taylor doubled the MVU lead in the 27th minute on a shot from inside the box. Keeper Colby Zarba was stellar between the sticks, ably assisted by defenders JoJo Bonneau and Patrick Flaherty. United led 2-0 at the half.

With the wind at their backs to start the second half, the home team came out flying and increased their lead. JoJo Bonneau took the ball from inside his own half and carved through the Barnstable defense, scoring in the 33rd minute. Adam Knight put two in the onion bag three minutes apart to close out the scoring.

The Hammers, unbeaten with four wins and a draw, host first place Norton at Veterans Park on May 31 in a match that should determine the league champion.

The U-12B Blues shut out Falmouth, 1-0, at Trotting Park Saturday in a tense, well-fought contest. Moushe Oliveras scored on a breakaway in the first half, and keeper Robe Della Torre earned the clean sheet to give coach Matei Vasilev’s team its first victory of the season.

The U-14 boys also topped Barnstable on Saturday at Veterans Park, 2-1. Lukah Vieira and Spencer Dario scored for the Vineyard. The U-14s are currently second in the SCSL with six wins and a draw.

Rounding out boys play, the U18s remained unbeaten with a 10-1 win at Sandwich, while the U-15s (five wins, one loss) defeated visiting Nantucket, 5-1.

In girls action, the U-16s won, 3-0, at Fall River, the U-14s blanked visiting Wareham, 3-0, and the U-11 Shockers won at Bourne, 4-1.