The Bears earned a huge Class B victory on Wednesday afternoon over Miss Porters on Stewart Pitch. While the visiting side from Miss Porter's has had a difficult time finding victories this season, they proved to be an excellent opponent and a much stronger group than their record would indicate.
Coming off a long-weekend the Bears struggled to find energy earlier and had a difficult time getting into the flow of the game. Porter's seized the early momentum and while the Bears' managed to keep the pressing attack to the perimeter it was clear from the start the the visitors were eager to jump out to an early lead. In the 17th minute Porter's right wing made a nice run and sent a cross into the Bear's box that took a difficult hop over keeper Camryn Biasin. Senior captain Anna Driscoll made a great run to defend the vacated goal but lost her footing as the ball was the struck and the visitors took an early lead. Throughout the remainder of the half the Bears could not find their rhythm and Porter's did an excellent job a dictating pace kept their lead into the half time break.
As the second half began the Bears came to life a bit a began to play more in the offensive end. There were a number of plays that built up well, but the home side seemed unable to complete the final touch to generate any real quality chances. With under 5 minutes to play and playing desperate the Bears pushed forward in an aggressive formation and generated a number of chances including a series of three corner kicks in a row. Unfortunately, they were unable to convert and with just over two minutes to play it looked like Berkshire would suffer their second Class B loss of the season, but with under two minutes on the clock the ball ended up of the foot of junior Hannah Cooke, pushed up to striker from her normal place on the back-line, and with a quick touch she slotted the ball into the side netting to level the score, with 1:45 on the clock.
Porter's responded quickly and on the kick-off advanced into the Berkshire half and earned a corner kick less than 15 seconds after giving up the equalizer. With time running out, they played a dangerous ball in quickly which was saved a quickly transitioned out of the Berkshire box. The Bears sent a ball over the top to striker Keunna Dill, who had been held in check all day by Porter's back line, and with one touch she was gone and in alone on the goalie. She confidently slid the shot past the diving keeper for the Bears' second goal in 30 seconds and the eventually game winner. The final seconds saw Porter's try to send in one last cross which was safely handled by the Bears' defense and when the final horn sounded the home side had somehow managed to steal a win.
While it was not the most complete game of the season, it was certainly the most exciting and saw some excellent individual efforts. Elizabeth Hosage was forced onto the back line because of injury and did an outstanding job and Hannah Cooke's first goal of the season was a great reward for her outstanding play throughout the game and the season.
The Bears are back on the road on Saturday as they head to Miss Hall's.