Soccer - Girls Varsity
|Date:||October 6, 2012|
|Score:||1 - 0|
The Bears traveled to Easthampton Saturday afternoon to take on Class B rival Williston. The game opened with both sides playing with physical and fast-paced play. Williston and Berkshire matched up quite well; both sides had a skilled and quick defense as well as very speedy forwards. It was a foot race the better part of the beginning of the match. The Bears began to find more of a rhythm adjusting to the play on turf and created some solid chances up top through some creative connections in the midfield. Strong defensive play and communication overall by our back line of Allie Brazo, Kyla Rabb, Hannah Cooke and Eliza Farley. Williston created some chances with their ball movement and several corner opportunities. Rhiannon Vanderbeek and Lucy Hollister anchored the midfield shutting down their chances to play through. Neither team found the back of the net in the first half.
The Bears possessed the ball a bit better as the second half opened. Hungry to take the lead, Berkshire took their game to the next level and pressured Williston all over the field. Elizabeth Hosage, Jackie Pape and Eliza Stichter created great chances with their strong play on the wings. Simple one-touch connections and intentional play began to wear down the Williston defense. The Bears patiently kept putting balls through the back line and sailed a few over the back line to no avail. Good defensive play by Williston held our forwards out for the beginning of the half. Ana Alvarenga floated a perfect ball over to Keunna Dill for our best chance of the game, but the shot went wide. In the 18th minute Keunna Dill took a ball on the wing from our midfield and beat her defender down the right side all the way to the goal line. From an impossible angle, she put the ball past the keeper to give the Bears a 1-0 lead. More strong offensive and midfield connections for the Bears created a few more opportunities to spread out the lead. Williston created some dangerous chances as the second half continued with several corner kicks. The Wildcats moved the ball well and created opportunities moving forward, but didn’t find the equalizer. A good effort all day by Berkshire’s defense Allie Brazo, Eliza Farley, Hannah Cooke and Kyla Rabb as Williston made convincing bids right down to the last whistle.
It was an important win for the Bears in Class B, and a great team effort all over the field. The Bears travel to Loomis Chaffee Wednesday to take on the Pelicans.