The Vineyarders are officially back in action as the first week of fall high school sports kicked off last week with the girls soccer team notching a 5-0 victory against O’Bryant in Roxbury last Tuesday.

Freshman Emily Coogan beat the opposing keeper twice as Ella Keene, Paige Malowski and Josie Welch also netted goals for the Vineyard.

“The thing we’re really focusing on this year is building a team identity,” said head coach Matt Malowski.

Last Thursday, the girls were on the road again against Sandwich but came up short 2-0. This week, on Tuesday, the team took the field after a huge rainstorm to host Nauset in their home opener. The Warriors quickly captured a one goal lead but the Vineyarders played tough and stayed in it until the final minutes when Nauset scored again to bring about a final score of 2-0.

“Sandwich and Nauset are the two top-ranked teams in our league and we did really well,” Coach Malowski said. “If we stay disciplined I think we can give these bigger schools a run for their money.”

The boys soccer team began their season with a 3-0 win at home against Sandwich on Thursday. Matheus Rodriques earned the shutout victory in net for the Vineyard as Kaio DaSilva erupted for three goals in the second half to lead purple to victory.

Head coach John Walsh said the senior forward was “making defenders evaporate” and he “turned into Lionel Messi in the second half.”

Cross country invitational took place last Saturday on the Vineyard. — Ray Ewing

Coach Walsh also said his defense was equally as important in the team’s success against the Blue Knights. “I have a defense that is experienced but new together and they played great,” the coach said.

On the fairways the golf squad has also seen a promising start to their season. So far the boys are undefeated in three matches against Sturgis East, Barnstable and Cardinal Spellman.

Against Sturgis East at the Olde Barnstable Fairgrounds golf course, Richie Combra led the team with a 36 as Nick Ben David shot a 38 and Jack Walsh 40. On Thursday the boys played their opening round at their home course, Farm Neck, and took down Barnstable with top scores from tri-team captains Ben David (36), Jake Glasgow (37) and Combra (39). Tuesday they swept Cardinal Spellman at the D.W. Field course in Brockton with Ryan Harding leading the way shooting a 36 and Combra and Glasgow each shooting 38.

The field hockey team has had an up and down start to their season as the scoring in their first two games was emphatically for and against the Vineyarders. Last Wednesday in the season opener, the girls lost 7-0 to Nauset on the Cape. However, they turned it around in their home opener Saturday as they defeated Brockton 8-0.

Andrea Morse scored twice as Alieen Mahoney, Charlotte Scott, Clara Mikos, Caroline Dolby and Sofia Balsas Fuentes also contributed goals for the Vineyard.

Meanwhile on Saturday, nearby in the State Forest, the cross country team began their season with a massive meet that featured 575 runners from 20 different schools. Alexa Schroeder placed first in the girls varsity 5K with a finishing time of 19:19.2. Her teammate Adrienne Christy placed 12th, finishing in 20:46.4.

Daniel Serpa finished third in the boys varsity 5K with a finishing time of 16:52.2. Daniel da Silva also placed in the top ten finishing in 17:12.9, good for seventh place.

“Great start to the season,” said cross country coach Joe Schroeder. “Our team performed very well. We spread out our runners so they could all run at their level. Looking forward to seeing how everyone progresses over the season.”

Finally, also on Saturday, the football team was in Sutton to take on the Sammies in their season opener. Purple fell 22-20 after a two-point conversion came up short late in the 4th quarter but new head coach Tony Mottola said his boys played a good game.

“We still have a lot of room to grow,” the coach said.

Senior quarterback T.J. Lett scored all three Vineyard touchdowns on the ground and completed a two-point conversion earlier in the contest. The Vineyarders recovered a fumble to set up the potentially game-tying score in the final quarter but could not convert. The boys will be shipping up to Salem this weekend to take on the Witches before playing their home opener the following weekend against Monomoy.