Two Vineyard teams picked up decisive league wins at home on Tuesday afternoon, with field hockey earning a 4-2 victory over Eastern Athletic Conference rival Bishop Stang and boys’ soccer shutting out EAC opponent Somerset-Berkley 5-0.
“Bishop Stang is a tough team — it was a hard-fought win,” head coach Lisa Kinght said. Field hockey is now 3-1 on the season.
Junior Erin Hagerty scored the first Vineyard goal to put the team up 1-0 in the first half, but Bishop Stang evened the score at the start of the second half. Senior cocaptain Alex Clark brought the Vineyard back into the lead on a rebound, and shortly after made a breakaway play to notch a second goal, diving in front of the Stang. goalkeeper to snap the ball into the net. Clark completed her hat trick with just eleven seconds remaining in the game, on another breakaway.
Coach Knight praised the team effort throughout.
“One of the things in practice we’ve been talking about is we have to trust each other,” she said. “We have to talk to each other and listen at the same time . . . everybody pitched in their own special way.” The Vineyard bench is particularly deep this year, and several players rotated in and out of the lineup.
Junior goalie Taylor Maciel made her fourth career start to earn the win.
On the soccer pitch, the boys got off to a slow start, going scoreless in the first half and largely playing defensive ball.
“We were getting sucked into kick and run,” head coach Damon Burke said.
But the second half was a different game, with the Vineyard settling into its possession-based game and controlling the tempo for the remainder of the match. Four different players scored in the second half.
“Our guys were moving well off the ball and communicating with each other,” Coach Burke said.
Junior Jason Lages led off the scoring on an assist from junior Noah Kleinhenz after a setup by freshman Nevin Wallis. Wallis scored his first varsity goal shortly after on an assist from Lages. Junior Alex Gordon-Beck connected with Lages five minutes later to make the score 3-0, Vineyard.
Junior Ben Poole made an impressive solo run from one end of the field to the other to slam an unassisted goal past Somerset’s keeper (“Our strikers were trying desperately to stay onside,” Coach Burke said), and Kleinhenz set up a perfect goal by junior Colin Cameron in the final minutes.
Goalie Ben Wadleigh earned his third shutout of the season. The boys moved to a 2-0-2 season record.
The boys’ victory was marred by “a little nonsense at the end,” Coach Burke said, after a Somerset player made a racist remark to a Vineyard player during the end-of-game handshakes. Coach Burke said he had spoken to the referees and Somerset’s coach, and would bring the matter to Vineyard athletic director Mark McCarthy as well.
“I don’t really cotton to that sort of thing,” he said.