It was a busy weekend for Martha’s Vineyard youth soccer players, with games happening all weekend for every age. Here is a roundup:
MV United U13B 6 – 0 Dighton Rehoboth
The U13 boys took the field for their 2015 spring home opener against the Strikers from Dighton Rehoboth. The boys started off the game with ball control, and put pressure on the D.R. goalie. The Vineyard opened the scoring with a 1-0 lead at the 10-minute mark after Emanuel Silva headed a Morgan Estrella cross into the back of the net. Silva notched two more goals before halftime, giving the Vineyard a 3-0 lead. The Strikers opened the second half by stepping up their game and moving the ball better than they had in the first half. This gave them a few scoring chances, but they were unable to put one past Vineyard goalie Colby Zarba. Martha’s Vineyard responded with two quick goals, the second of which was scored by Morgan Estrella, who fought off two defenders and beat the goalie for a 5-0 lead. They added another in the final minutes, and finished with a 6-0 win.
MV United U18G 4 – 0 Fall River
The U18 girls defeated Fall River 4-0. Playing under new coach Tom Rooney, the United girls controlled the ball for much of the game. Livy Smith scored twice, and Courtney Howell put the ball in the net once. The girls take on Westport at home at 3:15 Sunday, May 3.
MV United U15G 2 – 2 Wareham
MV United U15 Girls tied Wareham 2-2. The Vineyard goals were scored by Rose Engler and Alexis Condon.
MV United U12G1 – 0 Seekonk
The M.V. United U12 Girls team defeated Seekonk 1-0 at Veteran’s Park on Sunday. The Vineyard dominated possession with strong defense, anchored by Kate Howell and Hope Bettencourt.
MV United 10B 2 – 1 Dennis-Yarmouth
The U10 boys defeated Dennis-Yarmouth 2-1 at Veterans Park Sunday. Ryan Koster notched the game’s first goal after dribbling down the right side of the pitch and putting the ball expertly in the bottom corner of the net. Daniel Serpa later added a second. A late Dennis-Yarmouth goal cut the lead to one, but the Vineyard boys were able to hold on, claiming their first-ever victory as a team.