The Vineyarder boys soccer team took to the road and forged a split on the pitch, beating the Dennis-Yarmouth Dolphins 2-1 on Sept. 12 before dropping a 3-1 decision to the Brockton Boxers on Saturday.
At D-Y, Luidi DeOliveira headed in a Morgan Estrella free kick, and Estrella finished off a give and go with Lucas Goncalves to give the Vineyarders a 2-0 lead in the first half. Yago Rodriguez got one back for the Dolphins just before halftime, but the Vineyarders held off the hosts the rest of the way.
In Brockton, the Vineyarders played well against the Boxers, a perennial Division 1 power and 2017 state champs, but the hosts converted a penalty early in the match, and struck again to grab a quick 2-0 lead. Sam Balbino scored for MV five minutes before halftime by making a well-timed run off the ball to finish off a slick feed from Emanuel DaSilva.
The Vineyarders pressed hard for an equalizer before halftime, and controlled much of the second half, but the Boxers grabbed a late insurance tally to seal the win.
“We generated a bunch of good chances, and we just couldn’t score,” Vineyard Coach John Walsh said. “The Brockton goalie had a couple of good saves, Hiaggo [Goncalves] had a couple of good saves for us, but Brockton scored twice on counterattack goals that were really nice plays. Brockton is a very, very good team.”
The Vineyarders (2-1) face another tough test in their next home match when they meet 2018 Division 2 North semifinalist Concord-Carlise on Saturday at noon.