Today Berkshire traveled to Canterbury and took on an improved side in front of their parents on Parents' Weekend. The home team was energetic and played with lots of passion. Berkshire controlled the game from the start and pressed Canterbury into its own half, but Canterbury was organized and defended well. A few very nice saves by the Canterbury keeper kept the score level at 0-0 for the first 16 minutes, but then Berkshire was awarded a penalty when Mutaya Mwape '16 was pulled down in the penalty box. Jack Harrison '15 converted the penalty, giving the Bears the 1-0 lead. Then the pattern continued with Berkshire dominating possession and pressing Canterbury deep, but Canterbury's keeper thwarted several chances with some acrobatic saves. In the 31st minute Milton Martinez '15 found an open Tony Barraco '14 on top of the box, and Barraco struck a fine shot into the back netting - similar to his goal against Pomfret. Ten minutes later, Barraco '14 struck again with an even more impressive blast from outside the 18-yard box. This time it was Kevin O'Neill '14 who found the open Barraco. The Bears entered the halftime break up 3-0.
In the second half, the play continued in much the same fashion as the first. Berkshire back line of Tomasi '14, Summers '14, Wieczorek '14, and DePietto '15 held strong, and keeper Emmett Clarke '14 made a couple nice plays to prevent to the home side from getting on the board. In the 68th minute, the Bears found the back of the net again. This time it was Tanner Tomasi '14 who headed the ball into the back of the net off a great free kick from Jack Harrison '15. With lots of Bears having a chance to play today, some interesting new combinations were explored. In the back Luke Lockwood '16 and Ivan Kutchitsky '16 proved they were up for the challenge and made strong defensive contributions. Quentin van der Lee '16 added valuable minutes in the midfield while Hunter Borwick '16 and Ian Rasmussen '14 did great work on the wings. Up top, JP Alvarez '16 linked up nicely and threatened Canterbury's back line with some dangerous runs. With three minutes remaining in the match, Berkshire scored again. This time it was Jack Harrison '15 who combined nicely with Milton Martinez '15 in the box and then slotted a shot into the side netting.
Canterbury played with great determination and keeper Andrew Bortey did very well to keep Berkshire from scoring more. A full rotation of Berkshire players all played a key part in the victory today. Up next, Berkshire plays against Bridgton Academy on Wednesday, October 23rd. The match will be played in Ludlow, MA at Lusitano Stadium.