The Bears traveled to Kingswood-Oxford this Wednesday. While the bus ride was long, the Bears took no time adapting to the field and finding their rhythm. The first five minutes saw Berkshire earn four corners as we consistently pressured KO’s defense. Unfortunately, while the ball seemed to bounce around the goal mouth, we were unable to convert our first several chances. In the 18th minute, winger Charlie Corcoran ’14 crossed the ball to striker Chris Zafanella ’15. Chris’s volley looked like it was heading in but the keeper knocked it back out to fellow Bear striker Hunter Borwick ’16. Borwick’s shot ricocheted around the six-yard box before Chris was able to hammer the ball into the back of the net for Berkshire’s first goal. Shortly thereafter, left winger Craig Puffer ’14 found an opening 25 yards out and hit a hard shot over the keeper’s head and into the net for our second goal. We ended the half up 2-0 and having missed several other opportunities in the final minutes.
The second half saw more pressure from Berkshire. Midfielder Jason Tao ’16 had an open look at the goal from just beyond the six but put the ball over the cross bar. Craig made some great runs on the wing and about ten minutes into the half created some space between himself and the defender. He took the ball to the touch line and then played it back nicely to Charlie Corcoran who notched another goal for Berkshire. Berkshire continued to play possession soccer and did a good job switching fields and distributing through the midfield. Jason Tao received a pass from the wings at the top of the 18-yard box and calmly trapped the ball and then found the top right corner of the net for our fourth goal of the game. It was a fantastic shot and showed great awareness of the field by several players. Sam Merritt ’14 took over in midfield and worked hard to maintain possession and distribute the ball wide. Late in the second half he made a great run to the outside and chipped ball into the penalty spot. Some miscommunication between the KO defense and keeper caused the ball to slip through and, after Berkshire’s striker Austin Brandt ’14 applied some pressure, the ball ended up in the back of KO’s net. Up 5-0, the Bears became a little too relaxed and KO sprung a quick counteract to notch their only goal of the game.
It was a beautiful day to play soccer and the Bears didn’t disappoint.