On a gorgeous Friday under the mountain, the Bears hosted the Falcons from Indian Mountain School in what turned out to be a thriller of a game! IMS sent a message very early when they found the back of the netting less than a minute into the match. While it took the Berkshire players a few minutes to settle the ball and play their game, they found their rhythm after about ten minutes of play and began to connect their passes. Furthering that momentum was Allie McErlean '14 who travled down the left side of the field dodging defenders in her path to the goal. She took a shot that the IMS goalie deflected, but McErlean managed to find her own rebound and tap the ball in, tying the game up at 1 apiece! Some gritty offensive play came from forward Hallie Mather '15 and middie Kylie Wilkes '16 who forced turn-overs and created chances for the Bears.
The offensive chances that came were a result of the superb defensive play by the Bears. Anna Heisenbuttel '13 was an excellent vocal leader in the sweeper position, containing every IMS player that tried to muscle by her. Emily Walsh '16 and Emily Hubbard '14 booted every ball that came in their direction with terrific force. And Taylor Willi '16 at stopper, along with Elise Chauvel '15 in the midfield, dished the ball beautifully up the field to their attacking forwards. After two great saves by keeper Lauren Henman '14, McErlean had her second goal of the game when she rushed the ball down the left side and flowed through the oncoming traffic like there was a magnet connecting her foot to the ball, freeing her to be in a 1 on goalie situation, from where she had the patience to wait for the clearest shot, an easy tap-in with 14 minutes left! But less than two minutes later, the Falcons answered back. Ten minutes remained in the game, tied at 2. With the clock winding down, each play seemed to carry so much weight. With 3 minutes on the clock, IMS got a corner kick opportunity that led to a point-blank drive by an IMS player. But Henman made a phenomenal leaping save to tap the ball over the crossbar. Berkshire cleared the ball upfield and worked it into the offensive third, where Molly Crabtree '15 rocketed the ball from the top of the box - crossbar! But McErlean followed the ball in, crashing the cage and knocked it in! What a play to put the Bears up with 2:45 on the clock! The clock ticked down, and the Bears took the win, 3-2!