Martha’s Vineyard United spring soccer season kicks off

The U-11 boys tied against Dartmouth, 2-2, and the U-18 boys beat Fall River, 2-0.

The U-18 boys took on Fall River on Saturday. Photo by John Hagen

MV United opened up its spring South Coast Soccer League season Saturday with two away games in Dartmouth and Fall River.

The U-11 boys tied against Dartmouth, 2-2, and the U-18 boys beat Fall River, 2-0.

On Saturday, the MV United U-11 boys started their 2016 spring season with a match at Dartmouth. Only minutes into the game, Ryan Koster scored the season’s first goal on a half-volley, with an assist from Darien Kral. Dartmouth scored an equalizer, but shortly after the Vineyard went ahead on a beautiful goal by Darien Kral. Liam Marek played an excellent first half as keeper, and preserved the 2-1 lead going into halftime. Dartmouth tied the game with an early second-half goal and had a chance to score the go-ahead goal on a penalty kick, but Ryan Koster came away with a big save and the game ended in a 2-2 draw.

The MV United U-18 boys traveled to Fall River to open their season. The first half saw few scoring chances, with both teams controlling the ball and feeling each other out. The first half ended 0-0. The Vineyard started the scoring in the second half when Gabe Nascimento scored about five minutes in. It remained 1-0 until about five minutes were left, when Garrett Hagen had a breakaway and sealed the deal with another goal. Goalie Julian Carter was solid, with seven saves throughout the game. Final was 2-0.

All eight spring travel teams will take to the pitch this coming weekend. Three games will be played at home on Veteran’s Memorial Fields in Vineyard Haven. Those games are: U-11 boys take on Seekonk on Saturday at 12:30 pm; U-10 boys take on Swansea Somerset, Sunday at 12:15 pm; U-18 boys take on Oceana, Sunday at 4:30 pm.