Event Recap:While the weather was sluggish on this fall Saturday afternoon, the play certainly was not in the girls' JV soccer game against the Kent Lions. From the blow of the first whistle, Berkshire's players looked sharp - finding each other for accurate passes, stepping up to balls on defense, and winning the majority of the 50-50 chances. A flurry of shots came from Berkshire's forwards in the first few minutes of the match, and likewise, Kent's players managed to get some strong shots off testing keeper Lauren Henman '14, who stopped 4 in the first 20 minutes. The chances for Berkshire finally paid off with 19 minutes remaining in the half when Allie McErlean '14 weaved through the Kent defenders down the left side of the field, giving herself space to get a quick shot off. The Kent goaltender got her body to the ball, but left a rebound in front of her, which McErlean immediately pounced on and knocked across the goal line! Berkshire's lead was short-lived, as Kent got on the scoreboard less than three minutes later. But strong plays by the Bears' defenders, like Anna Heissenbuttel's ferocious headers, helped the forwards gain momentum back with a second goal by McErlean, who smashed the ball top shelf! Hadley Laskowski '14 and Lucia Perkins '14 were fire-crackers on the right side of the field, winning those little battles at any cost!
The second half began with a quick goal by Kent, to tie the score at two apiece. But the Bears did not let that slow them down, and such great efforts came from Hallie Mather '15, Emily Walsh '16, and Taylor Willi '16, who worked very well as a trio, passing amongst themselves and popping the ball into space for the forwards to run onto. In a nice play by Kent with just over 20 minutes to play, they broke the lead. The Berkshire girls answered back almost immediately, when McErlean ran the ball into Kent territory, passing the ball back to Emma Weinstein '16 who hammered the ball, perfectly placed right under the crossbar, just out of the Kent goalie's reach! The teams were very evenly matched, and the stalemate remained through the final whistle. Though the Bears did not come out on top, they showed such grit and poise, so they should be proud of the 3-3 final score!