Today was the last home game of the season and the junior Bears were excited about the game and confident in their ability to show their talent in front of the many parents and friends present. Their only worry seemed to be the relentless cold wind sweeping the field from Black Rock and turning the metal bench into an ice box. The match began with the strong wind also against us, and it felt as if it were business as usual. The Bears took control of the field, passing the ball gracefully and creating numerous opportunities, containing in midfield any attempt by Westminster to get into our third. The lines were making good transitions, and our ability to hold possession of the ball frustrated the opponents everywhere on the pitch. Our good performance produced the expected result 15 minutes into the game when Sam Merritt ’14 opened the play to Craig Puffer ’14 in the wing who in turn crossed the ball into the small box. The Westminster defenders struggled and failed to clear and Hunter Borwick ’16 gently pushed the ball in the net.
The Bears went to half time not completely satisfied with the score, and after a brief rest they went back ready to finish the job. Max Hare ’13 led the charge with several breakaways in the first 15 minutes of the second half, and he was finally able to finish with a goal 20 minutes before the end of the match. Right after the second goal, Berkshire entered a period of overconfidence that almost cost us the victory. We did not take advantage of the wind on our backs and decided to make risky passes in our side of the field that gave too much advantage to the Westminster forwards. With only 8 minutes left, a free kick against us was transformed by Westminster into an unfortunate defensive error. At that very moment victory ceased to be taken for granted and the Bears had to fight hard to the finish. It was a great game to complete our performance at home.