The Bears took to a soggy Young field on Wednesday afternoon to take on local Class A rival Hotchkiss. The early portion of the game saw both sides attempting to feel each other out a bit and as result the ball was heavily contested and stay in the midfield for much of the early portion of the match. As the game progressed a bit, the Hotchkiss side started to show their experience and were able to keep the Bears pinned in their end. For most of the early portion of the half, the Bears defended well as a team and while they lacked long stretches of possession, they were able to keep Hotchkiss on the perimeter and limit their dangerous scoring chances. Eventually Hotchkiss would earn a corner kick, in which they were able to find an open player inside the 6 yard box who was able to toe the ball just past Camryn Biasin to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. A little over 5 minutes later Hotchkiss struck again this time with a well chipped ball by one of their midfielders over the hands of the Berkshire keeper.
The second goal served as wake-up call to the Bears who responded well and finished the half by applying some great pressure, keeping possession of the ball and pinning Hotchkiss in their end. Unfortunately, the Bears could not convert and found themselves in a 2-0 hole at the half. The second half mirrored the first in many ways until the 65th minute when the Bears gained possession and hit Keunna Dill who made a great move to beat her defender and get in alone on the goalie. Her shot sailed over the cross bar ending the Bears' best chance of the game and from that point on Hotchkiss did a nice job of keeping a pressing Berkshire side off the board.
The Bears are back on the road on Saturday against Williston-Northhampton in game that has potential playoff ramifications for the Class B New England tournament.