A highly anticipated match against a top-ranked opponent ended in victory for the Vineyard boys' soccer team, as the team defeated Barnstable 2-0 on home turf Saturday evening.
The team is now 7-1-1 on the season, with a 3-0 record in the Eastern Athletic Conference.
The Barnstable win was the second time this season the Vineyarders have defeated a team ranked in the top 20 in the state. The Vineyard had previously beaten Nauset, currently the number 12 team in Massachusetts, according to the Boston Globe. Barnstable, a division one squad, was knocked out of the top 20 standings after Saturday's loss. The Vineyard plays in division three.
“Honestly, I'm just proud of these guys,” goalkeeper coach Ryan White said after the game. Head coach Esteban Aranzabe echoed the sentiment.
“They played like lions,” he said.
The Vineyard controlled possession for much of the game, but it was not until the second half that the team scored its first goal. Senior Brandon Dwane was fouled in the box, setting up a penalty kick for junior Jason Lages.Lages put away the team's second goal as well, scoring in stoppage time after a midfield breakaway. Outpacing his lone Barnstable defender, Lages then dribbled past the goalie. Senior Alex GordonBeck earned the assist.
Keeper Matt Stone posted a clean sheet, stopping the few shots on goal from the Red Raiders.
In picture, sophomore Aksel Cooperrider.