Martha’s Vineyard U-18, U-13 boys soccer teams suffer first loss

MV United U-18 player John Marcal shot the ball just wide during the first half against Oceana Sunday at Veterans Park. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

The MV United boys Under-18 and Under-13 soccer teams entered play last Sunday at Veterans Park with 4-0 records. Those umblemished marks were put to the test against top league rivals, and in both cases the Islanders came up short.

The U-13s fell to St. Michael of New Bedford, 1-0, and the U-18s watched a 2-0 lead evaporate in a 3-2 loss to Oceana of North Eastham.

The younger Vineyard squad is playing in its first season in the elite Massachusetts Premier League (MAPLE). Heading into the game with St. Michael, United had outscored opponents 16-1. The visitors were also unbeaten and had a superior goal difference.

United had most of the play in the first half, but St. Michael scored the eventual game winner following a goalmouth scramble.

The Islanders had their chances in the second half and had a goal disallowed for offsides after the ball got away from the St. Michael keeper and two Vineyard players were alone in front of the empty net.

The Under-18 match for bragging rights in the South Coast Soccer League started well for MVU. Jack Roberts scored in the first half and added another goal early in the second to put the Purple and Black up 2-0.

Oceana battled back and scored off of two crosses to tie the match at 2-2. The visitors got the match winner from a counterattack breakaway down the right flank after the Vineyard’s Evandro Medici went down from contact in the Oceana box. United players wanted a penalty shot called and let up just long enough for Oceana to spring into action. Medici protested following the goal and was sent off by match referee Chris Decker.

Several other Island teams also were in action over the weekend.

On Sunday, Ben Taylor scored to lift the U-10 boys to a 1-0 win over Mariner of Fairhaven.

The U-15 boys won 5-0 at Mashpee, and the U-12 boys lost at home to Norton on Saturday, 4-0.

The U-16 girls squad battled hosts Norton to a 2-2 draw Sunday. Earlier in the day, the U-14 girls drew, 0-0, with visiting Barnstable. The U-12 girls played at Freetown-Lakeville on Saturday and lost 6-0.