Freshman forward Wadeline Florime Hall scored four goals and set up another as the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School girls soccer team rolled past the Coyle and Cassidy Warriors, 8-2, for its first win of the young season, Tuesday at Dan McCarthy Field in Oak Bluffs.
The visitors struck first, just 2:44 into the match, but Florine scooped up an Audrey Holmes pass from the back and dashed 40 yards to the goal to score on a breakaway at 6:18, knotting the contest at 1-1.
Four minutes later, the Vineyarders scored twice, 30 seconds apart. Senior co-captain Madia Bellebuono buried a perfect cross from Florine, who then scored her second goal following a throw-in (one of an astonishing 37 in the first half as counted in the Vineyard score booth).
The hosts stayed on the attack and Ella Keene scored mid-way through the half to give the Vineyarders a 4-1 lead at the break.
The second half began much as the first. Coyle scored soon after the start and Vineyarders answered quickly. Ella Keene started the play with a long, accurate cross to the far left of the box. Madia Bellebuono got off a shot and charged toward the goal as the ball ricocheted back from the keeper and rolled in for her second goal of the match.
A minute after the ensuing kickoff, Kaya Seiman ripped a shot inside the left post from 15 yards out to make it 6-2.
Florine notched her hat trick with 25 minutes remaining by lofting a shot into the top left corner from the edge of the box and added a fourth goal with 8:01 left on a similar shot after dancing her way through the Warriors defense from 30 yards out.
“She’s going to be a force to be reckoned with,” Vineyard Coach Rocco Bellebuono said of Florine after the match. “If not this season, sometime between now and when she’s a senior, she has the potential to be the leading scorer in the league. She has that ability. I have to keep developing that.”
The Vineyarders responded well against Coyle and Cassidy, their former rival from the Eastern Athletic Conference, following a tough 5-0 loss Saturday afternoon in Dedham. Fresh off an inspired effort in their home opener, a razor-thin 2-1 loss to Dennis-Yarmouth last Thursday, MV got away from the improved positional play that proved successful against D-Y.
“When we’re off the ball and not engaged in the play, we still have that responsibility, we still need to maintain that position and understand where our mark is,” Coach Bellebuono said. “That automatically puts us in a good spot whether we need to defend or attack. Now we’re in the right place on the field in order to play. When that breaks down, there’s just no way to make it work.”
The coach reinforced his point through video and his players were a quick study in preparation for the match against Coyle.
“They recognized it, which was good,” Bellebuono said. “They all saw some video clips and it was very clear this is the same thing, the same breakdown and all it takes is being aware on the field. It’s not a skill, it’s just a mindset, really. Today, the objective was to fix it, so they did.”
They also scored goals, lots of ‘em.
“[Another] good thing about today was that we scored goals,” said the coach. “That’s what’s been hard for us to do in the past. Coming into this season, I’ve made it a priority to spend a lot of time focusing on attack and it seems to be paying off a little bit.”
The Vineyarders (1-3) play next at home against Rising Tide on Thursday at 4 pm and host Bedford on Saturday at 10 am.