The Martha’s Vineyard varsity boys soccer team had a highly anticipated contest with division 1 Barnstable on Saturday afternoon, and won 2-0. This was the Vineyarders’ second victory against a top-20 opponent this season.
The boys in purple and white dominated possession, constantly keeping Barnstable on their back heels. The Red Raiders brought physicality to the game that took the Vineyarders time to adjust to, but once they did, the match was theirs. The game was primed for a Vineyard goal after the visitors dictated the pace of play, and finally after halftime Jason Lages broke through to put MV up 1-0; Brandon Dwane was fouled in the box, and Lages stepped up to put a penalty kick in the back of the net.
Riding the energy of the first goal, the Vineyarders scored a second in dramatic fashion. Alex Gordon-Beck fed a pass to Jason Lages, who dribbled past the opposing keeper and finished with confidence, putting the match away and giving the Vineyarders breathing room.
The coaching staff entered the game wanting to make a name for Vineyard soccer, and this resounding victory has sent a message to other top teams in Massachusetts.