Soccer - Boys Thirds
|Date:||September 21, 2013|
|Score:||Berkshire 3 - Hotchkiss 2|
Lots of excitement today in anticipation of our first game of the season. On a gray Saturday afternoon the team traveled to Hotchkiss, and the atmosphere inside the bus was relaxed without any noticeable emotion. The Berkshire team jumped onto the pitch with a mixture of relaxed confidence from the few experienced players and evident nervousness from the new members of the team. Hotchkiss showed from the start that they were avery technical and experienced team with a few games already in their bag. They gained possession of the ball early and managed to put the Bears on the defensive with excellent control of the ball and great depth in their attack.Berkshire had no choice but to rely on counter attacks to create opportunities. They did so very well and finally, after almost 20 minutes of play Michael Petersen’17, controlling a through ball sent by Jack Gustavson’ 16, opened the scoreboard with a low shot inside the box that could not be stopped. The bears wereable after that to mount several fast counterattacks, but they were struggling to contain the opponents’’ constantpenetrations into the box. Hotchkiss tried to overturn the initial score by applying more pressure in midfielduntil a free kick gave them the tie that they were looking for. A great effort from our goalie Kenneth Sperl’ 17, Tyler Smith’ 16 and the rest of the defense thwarted many goal opportunities created by Hotchkiss in the first half. We all thought that a second goal from the blues was coming when Eui Jin Hwang '17, playing today as a fullback, sent a long ball to Gustavson who put it inside the opponent’s net without hesitation. We were all relieved when the referee blew the whistle signaling the end of the first half.
Soon after the second half began, the bears found themselves in square one again. Hotchkiss had taken advantage of Berkshire’s indecisive defending in the box and scored the goal to tie the game for the second time. What followed was a truly dramatic fight for survival. Hotchkiss was outplaying Berkshire at every turn, but Berkshire never gave up. Corey Wieczoreck’ 16 and Cameron Robinson’ 16 gave it all to keep the team in the game. Every single player worked to exhaustion in the pursue of the objective that eluded Berkshire until there were only ten minutes left. Nobody gave in to despair. And then Charles Goldstein’ 17 from midfield sent a long ball all the way to the forward line that Petersen controlled and passed to Tanner Boyle’ 17 who sent it to the back of the net. Hotchkiss kept the pressure up until the end, but it was not meant to be for them. Courage prevailed today, and the bears came home with the first victory of the fall.