On Saturday, the MV United travel soccer U11 boys Division 1 team traveled to Fairhaven to compete in the South Coast Soccer League Championships. After two action-packed games, the Vineyard boys prevailed to win the championship.
The boys first face-off was against Falmouth. The Vineyards record against Falmouth was one tie and one loss. After heated play, the Vineyard scored 2 against Falmouth’s 0.
The Vineyard boys went on to play in the finals match against the Dighton-Rehoboth Strikers. As the match began, it was apparent that the two teams were equally matched in both skill and motivation. It was a fast-moving match. At the end of the first half, the Vineyard was ahead 3 goals to 0.
At the start of the second half, the DR Strikers came out determined to take the game back. Their relentless pursuit for the win never let up; they played fiercely. The DR Strikers scored two goals during the second half. The Vineyard boys held them off and won the South Coast Soccer League Championship final match, MV United 3, DR Strikers 2.
There were 12 teams in this year’s South Coast Soccer League Division 1 U11 boys group. The MV United U11 Boys Team scored a total of 53 goals this season, and allowed only 12 goals scored against their team.
“It has been one of my life’s great pleasures to coach these boys the past couple of years and watch them grow both in soccer and as youths,” said Coach Brian Cioffi. “We have yet to play a match where the boys’ good sportsmanship hasn’t been commented about, and how well they play as a team together. Their commitment to the field and desire to be known as a team that has great sportsmanship is what drives us as a coaching staff and myself to continue to assist them with their future success in soccer and life.”
This coming weekend the Vineyard boys will travel to Lancaster to compete in the Massachusetts Tournament of Champions (the state championship). The boys are coached by Brian Cioffi and Drew Cathey.