The Bears opened their 2012 campaign playing Hotchkiss at home. The Hotchkiss team had already played a few games so they had a slight competitive edge. The Bears have few returning players, and so the first half was often somewhat disorganized. Despite this Patrick Frey scored the first goal of the game on a scramble in front of the Hotchkiss goal. However, Hotchkiss quickly answered and a hard-fought first period ended with Hotchkiss holding a 2-1 lead. Hotchkiss out shot Berkshire, and it looked like our four year mastery of the Bearcats might be coming to an end. However, Berkshire played a much better second half. We tied the game and then pulled ahead with goals from Patrick Frey and Barclay Gammill. Chris Kreke, who played an outstanding game at center-mid for the Bears, put the icing on the cake when he coolly knocked in a penalty kick near the end of the game. He was clearly the player of the game. Henry Thomas and Chris Bower performed very well in the goal. Returners Matt Licata, Quinton Pollart and Noah Wilson provided stout defensive play, especially in the second half, aided by new comers Jim Streett, Hunter Reynolds, Charlie Quaintance and Vaughan Kavanaugh. In addition to Kreke, Barclay Gamill, Sam Merrill, Max Way, and Jack Gustavson played well at midfield. Offensive punch came from returners Patrick Frey, George Frick, Bryce Schuler, who played a great second half, and new Bears Dillon Cunningham, Josiah Tolvo and Pedro Escobar.
The Bears will be journeying to Kent Wednesday.