Soccer - Boys Junior Varsity
|Date:||September 15, 2012|
|Score:||1 - 0|
Iconic victory at start of the season for the Berkshire JV Boys Soccer team. On a beautiful Saturday afternoon the team traveled to Cheshire Academy, and the atmosphere inside the bus was quiet without any noticeable emotion. The Berkshire team jumped onto the pitch with a mixture of relaxed confidence from the few veterans and evident nervousness from the new members of the team. From the beginning it was obvious that this Cheshire squad was the most physical we have faced since we began playing against them, and this came as a big surprise to the returning players and coaches. We were not expecting the kind of continuous individual contact that the opponents were going to apply during the entire game. The Bears, nevertheless, played with heart from the start, but they were unable to weave passes consistently, or effectively control the open spaces. In fact, the ball was in the air more often than under control on the ground. The match became chaotic at times, and nobody on the Berkshire side seemed to be able to put order into this “free for all”. The good news was that our defense held the line and stopped attack after attack from Cheshire, but the Bears failed to mount counter attacks due to a lack of passing accuracy in transitions. After 20 minutes, midfielder Daniel Driscoll’ 15 managed to take control of the midfield and sent a through ball to Juan Pablo Alvarez’ 16 who took a tremendous shot inside the box that hit the post; Sam Lewis’ 14 received the rebound and put the ball inside the net with another beautiful shot. This was the best passing combination of the game, and it marked a brief period of dominance for Berkshire. During the following minutes Austin Brandt’ 14, Gerardo Giménez Valdés’ 15 and Driscoll had clear goal opportunities that were not realized but brought great excitement to our squad.
The second half began and chaos returned to the pitch. The Bears would only display sporadic flashes of good play with some opportunities until the end of the match. Andre Bogdanovics’ 15 and Alden Boldt’ 14 were absolutely fantastic in defense during the last minutes of the game, providing relief when the odds were against us.
We have much to do in order to build cohesiveness in the team, but the members of the Boys Junior Varsity squad have already shown that they are willing to give it all on the field. We cannot wait for the next game.