The rain held off for Berkshire Wednesday afternoon for their face-off with the Ethel Walker Wildcats. It was an offensive battle with a total of ten goals on the day, the Bears coming out on top 8-2.
Molly Crabtree ’15 came out hungry, taking multiple shots in the first few minutes of the game, setting the tone for Berkshire. The Bears continued to make good passes and offensive plays. A goal seemed imminent. With ten minutes passed in the half, Elise Chauvel ’15 soared a beautiful ball from the corner, which appeared to be a cross, over the head of the goalie and directly into the side netting. The bears were up by one. Five minutes later, in a surprising turn of events, the Wildcats brought the ball up to the other end of the field, and found the back of the Berkshire goal to tie the score. Lexi Merison ’15 answered three minutes later, dribbling her way through the Ethel Walker defenders, and perfectly placing the ball into the corner of net for a goal. Allie McErlean ’14 would be the next scorer for the Bears, continuing to pound the Wildcat keeper, and finally scoring on a nicely placed shot. McErlean was not done yet, and two minutes later she kicked a powerful shot for a goal over the keeper’s head. With the score at 3-1, both teams were still very much in the game. Ethel Walker scored another with five minutes to go, and then McErlean completed her hat trick with one minute left in the half.
The second half started with a score of 5-2 Berkshire. The Bears did an even better job this half of the Wildcats out of their defensive end with some great plays by Madison Heilshorn ’16. The offensive play continued to be strong with great plays from Hanna Derrig ’16, Emma Weinstein ’16, and Caroline Welch ’15. Merison would go on to score two more goals to join McErlean in the “hat trick club”, one off a corner kick, and one assisted by Crabtree. Anna Heisenbuttel ’13 finished off the game with a hard-shot left foot goal, for a final score of 8-2 Berkshire.
The Bears will face Kent at home at 3 on Saturday.