The Vineyard boys soccer team ended its playoff run Wednesday with a 2-1 loss to Medway in the division 3 south sectional semifinals. The winning goal came in sudden death overtime after a hard-fought game under the lights at the Canton High School before a large crowd. Two busloads of Vineyard fans traveled to see the game.
The undefeated Vineyard boys beat Scituate 2-1 on Monday at home in the final minutes of regulation play to move on to the semifinals.
Wednesday’s game was also close with the score tied 1-1 at the end of regulation play. A seasoned squad, Medway proved a tough opponent.
After a scoreless first half that saw the Vineyard thrown off by Medway’s strong offense, the team regrouped and came out ready in the second half. Medway scored first (only the sixth goal the Vineyard has allowed this season) after a long run downfield by striker Jake Warren in the 63rd minute of the game.
Six minutes later, Vineyard captain Sam Entner evened the game after junior Elie Jordi’s well-placed kick sent the ball into the box.
The Vineyard goal changed the pace of the game, with both sides stepping up intensity. The game was tied 1-1 at the end of regulation, bringing on sudden death overtime.
Senior keeper Ben Wadleigh made the most of his time in net, with two huge saves in the first minutes. Then at the 6:36 mark Medway again took a long run, allowing Justin Kaplan to cross the ball in.
The loss is the first for the team all season. They finish with a 16-1-2 record.
Medway won the south section of the division two tournament last year and played in the state finals where they fell to Groton-Dunstable.
“It’s sad that it had to end so soon,” Vineyard head coach Damon Burke said after the game. “I really thought we had it.”