As the regular sports season drew to a close, Senior Day proved a rousing success for the three Vineyard teams competing at home on Saturday.
The field hockey team took on Division 1 Needham in a morning match-up, fighting to a 1-1 tie. Senior Kendall Robinson scored the lone Vineyard goal on an assist from senior Alex Clark in the first half, but Needham evened the score in the second. The past three matches for the Vineyard have been against strong Division 1 teams (on Friday, the team lost 1-0 to visiting Falmouth), the better to prepare for tournament play, head coach Lisa Knight said.
The game was preceded by senior recognition for the 12 graduating players on the team, some of whom have been playing for Coach Knight since they were sophomores.
But Senior Day didn’t mean good-byes for the team; the field hockey squad continues its season in tournament play. “Last year, [this game] was an end to the season, but we’re still going,” coach Knight said.
Just three seniors played in the afternoon girls’ soccer game against Sturgis West Charter, but their contributions echoed from one end of the field to the next in the Vineyarders’ decisive 4-0 win. Senior Jennie Lindland scored twice for the Vineyarders in the first half, while junior Haven Huck also contributed a goal to put the team up 3-0 at the half. Sophomore Annie Ollen added a fourth goal in the second half. Senior Alayna Hutchinson finished the game with three assists. Freshman goalie Emily Turney earned the shutout.
“Everyone played really well; it was a great team effort,” head coach Richard Bennett said. “It’s a great way to end the season.” The three seniors — Lindland, Hutchinson, and Finny Howell — played the entire game.
Last Thursday the girls lost to Mashpee 1-0 on a penalty kick. But that goal was the only one the team has conceded in its past four games, a strong finish to a shaky season against tough competition. The Vineyarders close out the season with a 4-12-1 record, which is “twice as good as we did last year,” Coach Bennett said. “We get a litte better every year.”
The boys’ soccer team took on Sturgis after the girls’ match. Senior captain Marc Natichioni scored the first goal of the game, pouncing on a goalbox rebound and driving it home. In the second half, senior Martin Aranzabe drilled a shot from 25 yards out halfway through the second to put the Vineyard up 2-0 and secure the win.
“This team is one of the best I’ve ever coached,” head coach Damon Burke said after the game. “Our record [7-4-5] doesn’t really reflect it . . . but we’re hoping to have a nice long playoff run.”
“I’d like to keep this [season] going as long as possible,” he said. “It’s such a great group.”
Boys’ soccer and field hockey will learn their seedings in the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletics Association tournament next week.