Soccer - Boys Junior Varsity
vs. Eaglebrook School
|Date:||October 3, 2012|
|Score:||2 - 1|
Berkshire faced a disciplined and skillful Eaglebrook team that almost broke our spirit today with their excellent defensive line and their ability not to let the ball drop at any time. They challenged us at every turn, and only their determination prevented us from scoring more goals during the first half. The first goal came early after 15 minutes of play. Andre Bogdanovics’ 15 controlled the ball moving forward from midfield and sent it very high into the box where Hunter Borwick’ 16 jumped above the opponent’s defense and headed it softly above their goalie and into the net. Berkshire had the upper hand from that moment in terms of opportunities, but we could not finish, and the Eaglebrook team was growing stronger.
The second half began with the Bears giving space to Eaglebrook with their left wing constantly putting our goal in serious peril, but we still managed to hold them at bay with what would became a desperate defense. A few opportunities, in the form of long balls sent to our forward line, presented themselves until minute 21 when Jason Tao’ 16 decided to take a strong and beautiful shot from almost our midfield that went inside the goal, almost touching the lower part of the cross bar. Just 10 minutes later, one the Eaglebrook strikers was about to overrun the Berkshire defense but was taken down inside the box before he could attempt to score. It was a clear penalty that was transformed into a goal despite the good efforts of Jackson Aldam’ 14 diving in the right direction. The match grew in intensity, speed, opportunities and frustration on both sides with moments of such high tension that some players had a hard time controlling their energy and focusing on the ball. With just a few minutes left, the Bears were barely holding their own inside the eighteen and the game seemed to be destined for a tie, but fortunately for Berkshire, Eaglebrook could not find the net. Too close for comfort.