In a battle that lasted until the final whistle of the game, Berkshire's junior varsity soccer team fell to Hotchkiss 2-1. The game began well for both teams, each showing their grit and strength to get first to balls. Berkshire keeper Lauren Henman '14 came up huge from the get-go, saving some hard shots by Hotchkiss, and continued on a great note for the remainder of the game. Emily Walsh '16 and Lucia Perkins '14 played a tenacious first half on defense, and did an excellent job of keeping the ball to the outside. Despite some chances for both teams, the score remained at 0-0 at half time.
The stalemate continued through the first ten minutes of the second half until Hotchkiss capitalized on a nice shot, putting them up 1-0 with 25 minutes to play. But the smart for the Bears did not let up when Anna Heissenbuttel '13 at sweeper won those foot battles to the ball, angling Hotchkiss to the side. This great defense led to offense, as the ball made its way to the center of the field, where Hallie Mather '15 got a foot on a 50-50 ball, popping it up over the Hotchkiss defenders, perfectly placed to forward Allie McErlean '14 who shimmied her way off of the pressure, managing to keep the ball despite the tough defense. The second of separation came, and McErlean had a second to shoot. With delightful poise she placed the ball to the corner of the goal with her left foot! The score was tied at 1 apiece. With 12 minutes to go, Hotchkiss found a way to score their second of the game. The Bears were sacrificing their bodies left and right to win the little races to the ball, to shoulder through it, and to out-muscle the opponent. The goal would have come, but the clock ran out. It was such a hard-fought game for Berkshire. Despite the 2-1 final score, they should be proud of the hard work that they put in!