Clouds rolling in and the sky getting dark, the weather set the tone for Saturday's game against the Taft Rhinos. Still recovering from a hard fought win against IMS the day before, the Bears stepped onto the field looking a little bit weary. After some great saves (eleven total on the day) by goal tender Lauren Henman ’14, Taft got an opportunity with fifteen minutes left in the half, putting the Rhinos up by one. Despite the exhaustion, the hustle and grit of Hadley Laskowski ’14 and Lexi Merison ’15 kept the Bears alive in the first half.
The Bears came out at the start of the second half as a different team. They were clearly hungry for a goal and went hard for 50-50 balls, spending a lot more time in the Taft offensive end. A couple of direct kick opportunities were made possible with beautiful kicks by Taylor Willi ’16 and Elise Chauvel ’16, but Berkshire was unable to finish. Taft scored again with twenty-five minutes to go, to make the score 2-0—where it would remain at until the end of the game.
Despite the loss, Berkshire was proud of their efforts, battling hard until the end. It was a day of defensive MVP’s. Anna Heisenbuttel ’13 played almost the entire game at sweeper, making some amazing plays to stop numerous breakaway opportunities for Taft. Lucia Perkins ’14 was a wall in the back field, as was Laskowski at midfield, never missing an opportunity to get her head on the ball. Emily Hubbard ’14 also had a good defensive game, and midfielders Kylie Wilkes ’16 and Hallie Mather ’15 seemed to be everywhere on the field.
The Bears will play Ethel Walker at home on Wednesday, looking to continue their tough and smart play.