Spring soccer gets underway

Skip Dostal found some open space in midfield during Sunday's Over The Hill League win over Milton United. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

Soccer players young and old took to the pitch at Veterans Memorial Park in Vineyard Haven last weekend as the spring season got underway for both Martha’s Vineyard Youth Soccer and the Over The Hill Soccer League.

Six MV United youth teams played home matches in South Coast Soccer League play. The Under-14 girls settled for a 2-2 tie on a soggy Saturday against Fall River. Natalija Latkis put the Vineyard up 1-0 with a first half goal, assisted by Courtney Howell. Molly Houghton converted a penalty kick at the stroke of halftime to make it 2-0. The visitors fought back in the second half to share the points.

The U-12 boys braved the elements against last year’s state champs from Swansea-Somerset and came up just short,1-0.

Sunday, the sun came out and the Vineyard legions filled the onion bag with bunches of goals.

The U-18 boys downed Yarmouth-Dennis 8-0. The U-15 boys ran away from Taunton by the count of 14-0. The U-10 boys were tied with Taunton 2-2 at the half but scored thrice in the second half for a 5-2 win.

The only defensive battle proved to be the U-16 girls match with Norton, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

The U-13 boys have ventured into the Mass. Premier League (MAPLE) this season and played away Sunday at Cape Cod Reunited. Nainoa Cooperrider scored on an assist from Nicholas Andre as M.V. earned a 1-0 win.

Youth soccer kick off fundraiser

The second annual Kick Off M.V. Youth Soccer Fundraiser is April 6 at the Chilmark Community Center from 7 to 10 pm. Enjoy dancing with Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish and browse at the silent auction. Cost is $20 per person. For more information, call 508-645-8002.

Over the Hill Gang off and running

The Vineyard Football Club, the Island entry in the masters (over 40) New England Over The Hill Soccer League, kicked off the new season Sunday morning with a 6-0 win over visiting Milton United. VFC plays in the league’s Division Six South.

Edilson “Pazone” Costa notched a hat trick. Skip Dostal, Charlie Greene, and Rodolfo “Rudy” Fernandez each scored once. Goalkeepers Adirley “Lee” Carlos and Rocco Monto conceded nothing and posted the clean sheet.

VFC plays April 15 in Foxboro against the Warthogs.