Allison Flanders all alone heading for home. Photos by Michael Brisson
Vineyard harriers sweep to Mayflower victory
As well as his teams have performed all season, MVRHS cross-country coach Joe Schroeder was positively delighted with yesterday's results at the Mayflower League meet at Borderland State Park in Easton.
The Vineyard boys stunned the competition by taking the top five spots, while the girls overcame two previous losses and turned the tables on rivals Sacred Heart with a five-point victory.
Edison Parsenese set a Mayflower League record, finishing in 14:34. Jackson Parker took second at 14:44. Lucas Emin (15:45), Ry Yennie (15:49.1), and Mason Fisher (15:49.8) completed the sweep that left second-place Diman-Voke 43 points in arrears.
Edison Parzanese and Jackson Parker charge up the hill en route to a 1-2 finish.
"We were confident about the boys," Coach Schroeder said, "but for the seniors, Ed, Jackson, and Mason, to have a meet like this, it was very special for them and for us."
Allison Flanders topped the girls field with a time of 17 minutes. Hilary Dreyer was 4th at 17:57, Sagitta Woodman finished 6th overall at 18:47, Sarah Jean Flanders (19:15) was 7th and Cassaundra Gaines (19:16) was 8th.
"The girls put forth an amazing effort," Coach Schroeder said. "Cassaundra and Allison really stepped up. The meet was really won by taking the 6, 7, and 8 spots."
Next up is the Coaches' Invitational meet, at 12 pm Saturday at the Wrentham Recreational Center.
Lainey Aristide fights for control against Sacred Heart. Photos by Ralph Stewart
Vineyard girls strong in soccer finale
The MVRHS girls soccer team closed out their season the hard way, by facing undefeated Dighton-Rehoboth (14-0-3), Tuesday night at home. For 74 minutes it was the Vineyarders who looked like the potential top seed in the state tournament.
Great teams find ways to beat you. Sometimes, they just get even. Tiffany Pachico and Kelsey Gildet tallied in the final six minutes to erase a 2-0 Vineyard lead and send the Falcons home with a 2-2 tie.
The Vineyarders dominated the first half, consistently pressuring the Falcons backline, controlling midfield, and effectively containing D-R's speed. The Falcons tipped their hand right from the opening kick: they would try to feed their speedy left wing Kelsey Mahoney with through balls to the corner, where she could launch powerful crosses to the goal.
Taylor McDonald gets a leg up on the competition.
The home side was up to the task and then some. In the 15th minute, the Purple worked a free kick to perfection, with Taylor McDonald and Katherine Clark feeding Rachel Schubert for the opening goal.
Ten minutes later, Lainey Aristide produced a goal worthy of David Beckham. From 25 yards out, with the strong wind at her back, she drilled a curling shot that looped under the crossbar for a stunning 2-0 lead.
Outshot 8-1 and outplayed in the first half, D-R tried to use the wind to their advantage in the second session. The Vineyarders, to their credit, kept the ball low and on the right side of the pitch, away from Mahoney.
Six minutes from time, the Falcons seized a golden opportunity, with Tiffany Pachico converting a loose ball in front of a gaping cage.
Kelsey Gildet equalized four minutes later with a crisp dart under the outstretched hands of diving MV keeper Justine Fogt.
The Vineyarders ended the season on a 5-2-2 roll to finish 5-10-3.
The MVRHS girls soccer team played Sandwich even-up in the first half with both teams scoring once at Sandwich, Wednesday. Katherine Clark did the job for the Vineyard with help from Katie Campbell.
Goals proved elusive in a scoreless tie with Chatham.
But the lady Blue Knights (11-2-3) scored three unanswered goals in the second period to claim a 4-1 win.
At home, Thursday, the Islanders avenged their previous 3-2 loss to Sacred Heart by trouncing them, 3-1. Trailing 1-0 at the half, Katherine Clark set up Alaina Aristide for the goal that tied the score at 18 minutes in the second period. Then Clark scored on a header off a corner kick by Aristide six minutes later. The third MV goal was by Rachel Schubert on a penalty kick.
Goalie Justine Fogt made some game-saving stops in the second period.
The MIAA post season play-bound Vineyard boys soccer team bested D-R at North Dighton, Wednesday, 5-3, on two goals by Torbelly Assis, and singles by Ben Post, J.T. Dooley, and Antulio Neto. Assis, Neto, Davey Campbell and Harold Pilskaln were credited with assists.
Friday the Vineyarders played Chatham to a scoreless tie, here. It was goalie Nico Cuba's fourth shutout.
Both Neto and Assis scored twice in the Vineyard's 6-1 trouncing of Dighton Rehoboth, here on Saturday. J.T. Dooley and Vitor Loubach also found the back of the net.
Assisting were Zach Sylvia (2), Ben Post, Assis, and Neto. MV led at the half, 4-0.
Seniors Duncan Pickard, Steve Lampart, Alex Parker, and J.T. Dooley were recognized and lauded. Yesterday the Islanders played the final game of the season at Sandwich.
A win should assure MV a home game opener in the postseason.
Head Coach Lisa Knight, in her 18th and final season, shares a special moment with her seniors.
The Vineyard's field hockey team, having already qualified for the MIAA post season , played to a 1-1 tie at Fairhaven, Thursday. The MV goal-scorer was Nina Butler, assisted by Ashley Rebello.
The next day at home, the Islanders were edged by Old Rochester, 2-1. MV opened the bidding with a goal in the first minute when Kathryn DeBettencourt converted an Ashley Rebello pass off a corner kick.
Old Rochester evened the count before the half and scored the winning goal with five minutes left on the clock.
Sunday, the Islanders tied Apponequet here, 2-2. Goals were by Ashley Rebello and Brielle Leonard. Net tender Melanie Dickson made 17 saves in goal.
The Islanders ended their schedule with a 9-6-3 record.
MV, seeded 15th in Division 2 South, hosted Bishop Stang, seeded 18th, yesterday in the preliminary round. A win would send them to Dedham, the second seed at 17-1, Friday.
Bill Jones sends the ball toward the pin on the 13th green. He sank this 25-foot putt.
Birding for Baseball
Cliff Robinson, Manny Nunes, Craig Sexton, and Chris Boyle had the low gross, 155, in the first Birdies for Baseball golf tournament at Mink Meadows, Saturday, Each member of the foursome took home $75.
Also earning $75 for the low net of 124 were Mark Ellis, Dennis Wells, Mark Petricone, and Matt Crowther.
The second low net foursome, Ernie Chaves, Mike DeBettencourt, Eric DeBettencourt, and Rich Combra made $40 each with a net 126,
In the closest-to-the-pin competition, Nelson Oliver won a $100 certificate redeemable at The Wharf. Greg Monka picked up dinner for two at the Coach House for the longest drive.