Bishop Feehan eliminates Vineyarders in first round of playoffs

John Oliveira had one of the Vineyard's best scoring chances of the first half. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

The third meeting of the Martha’s Vineyard high school boys soccer team with Bishop Feehan proved to be one too many as the visiting Shamrocks handed the Vineyarders a stinging 3-1 defeat in the opening round of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association Division Two state tournament, Sunday afternoon, at Dan McCarthy Field.

The Shamrocks went up 3-0 before the Islanders scored their first and only goal in the closing minutes of the final period. The Shamrocks’ first goal was scored just four and a half minutes into the contest.

The Shamrocks had obviously studied their earlier meetings with the Islanders, the first resulting in a 2-2 tie here and then losing to the Vineyard, 4-2, in Attleboro, just five days ago.

Again and again, Feehan correctly predicted the route the Vineyard offense would take on its its way to the Shamrock “box.” Feehan also assigned a player to shadow EAC high scorer Jack Roberts to prevent him from keying the MV offense, much less scoring.

The first half was especially one-sided as MV goalie Rafael Maciel was called upon to make a dozen saves.

The score at the half was 2-0.

Jackson McBride replaced Maciel in goal for the second half and gave up one goal.

The Vineyarders played a more controlled game in the second half, but could not score against the Shamrocks until late in the second period.

With a 10-4-2 record, the Vineyarders were seeded seventh in Division 2 by the MIAA. They were the only Vineyard team to place first in the EAC and the only MV team to qualify for the MIAA post-season playoffs. At 9-6-3, Feehan was second in the EAC and received a tenth seed.