Rocco Monto, the Holmes Hole goalie and orthopedic surgeon, stops a bid by Junior to increase the Ajax lead in the second half. HH defenders Adrian and Marcos close in to assist.
Photos by Ralph Stewart
Team booted from Brazilian Futsal League for fighting
The eleven-team MV Brazilian Futsal League is now a ten-team league. Powers Guidos was ejected from the league for fighting after a player punched a referee in a game played on Feb. 5.
What has impressed many that have witnessed Sunday morning Futsal matches, including The Times sports editor, is not only the skills demonstrated, but that these young men can play such a fast-paced game with unavoidable contact with other players in the limited space of the Boys and Girls Club, with tempers so well contained.
But on Sunday, February 5, players on the Powers Guidos team in a game with Estopas Futsal Club were moved to express their frustration with shoving and verbal abuse which turned into a scuffle with punches thrown.
Ricardo Andrade, league commissioner, said someone called the Edgartown police who responded but found that the situation had been handled by cool heads in the league leadership and games resumed.
Edgartown police officer Joel DeRoche said police received a call of a fight at 1: 15 pm and two officers responded to the Boys and Girls Club and spoke with the players. According to police, a player named Afranio Moreria punched a referee after receiving a red card. The player apologized for his actions and told police he had made a mistake.
The decision to expel the player and the entire Powers Guido team was a decision of the league leadership, said Mr. Andrade.
Futsal would be better served on a larger court for the players and more room for spectators. It is not unusual for the Sunday games to attract upwards of 200 fans, mostly young men, who, in the tradition of soccer fans round the world, are apt to express their approval of good play with vocal enthusiasm.
At the time of expulsion from the league, Powers Guidos had won one game, tied one game, and lost three games.
A $2 admission fee is now charged at the Sunday morning games. The collected monies will be used for occasional equipment needs that arise and for a post-season banquet for players, commissioner Andrade said.
This Sunday Corona defeated Imigra, 12-6 and Ajax came from four down and to overtake Holmes Hole, 13-9.
G W T L Pts
Ajax 6 6 0 0 18
Ilha 6 5 0 1 15
Colorado 5 4 0 1 12
Matheus 6 3 1 2 10
Tigres 6 2 2 2 8
Corona 5 2 1 2 7
Imigra 5 1 2 2 5
Holmes Hole 5 1 1 3 4
Estopas FC 5 1 0 4 3
Estrella Azud 6 1 0 5 3
Joel Rebello chases Plymouth South's captain.
Hockey schedules completed
The MVRHS girls ice hockey team closed out its season Friday losing to Westwood, 5-3 and finishing with a 3-15-2 record.
The Wolverines scored from the face off. Center Callie Rose pulled the puck to Joan O'Neill who skated to the Vineyard net unchecked and beat goalie Jen Ward before she could blink. Seven seconds into the game, Westwood led, 1-0.
Before the period was over, the Vineyard's Melanie Dickson tied the score, assisted by Cristina Wiley and Shelby Ives.
The second period was all Westwood's. Aided by two Vineyard penalties, the Wolverines scored three times while holding the home team at bay.
An unassisted goal five and a half minutes into the final frame gave Westwood a seemingly insurmountable 5-1 lead.
"Never say die!" Jenny Murphy found the back of the net with a minute and 18 seconds remaining. Melanie Dickson and Katherine Clark assisted. Less than a minute later Katherine Clark followed with another goal with help from Cristina Wiley.
They lost the game, 5-3, but it was still a great way to end the season, especially for seniors Clark, Dickson, and Murphy who were honored before the game.
The post-game, on-ice celebration by the Vineyarders was fervent.
Boys bow, score 20th
The MVRHS boys took more shots on goal (29) than did Plymouth South (13), Friday at the MV Arena, but they only count the ones in the net and the Panthers had two of those to the Vineyard's one.
The first period was scoreless. Plymouth took four shots on goal to the Vineyard's 6. The Islanders were unable to take advantage of two power play opportunities.
The second period made the difference. Plymouth South scored twice with eight shots on goal. At the other end of the ice South's goalie, John Motto, handled all 17 challenges that came his way during the period.
Matt Flynn put the home team on the board at 10:10 of the third, assisted by Riley Dobel and Scott Maciel, ending the scoring. The goal did not produce a win but it did give the team its 20th score, a late-season target for the team.
Seniors Alex Avakian, Ryan Rossi, and Sloane LeRoux were honored for their efforts on the ice on the occasion of their final MV home hockey game.
By virtue of their second place finish in the South Coast Conference, the Islanders (8-9-3) have qualified for MIAA post-season play in Division 2 South. Seeded 12th, they faced the fourth seed, Canton (14-5-1) at Gallo Arena, Bourne, yesterday.
The MV boys junior varsity season came to an end Wednesday with an 8-5 loss to Nantucket at the Arena.