Saturday’s setting was dreary and eerily dark for Berkshire’s second away game of the season at the Williston Northampton School. The Bears started out slow in the first half, and the Wildcats of Williston were able to capitalize early on this, finding the corner of the Berkshire net in the sixth minute. As the Wildcats continued to take shots, keeper Lauren Henman ’14 made save after save, providing tough consistent play to keep the Bears in the game. Strong defensive play also came from Captain Anna Heisenbuttel ’13, who was relentless in the backfield for the entire seventy minutes of the game, as well as Taylor Willi ’16, who continuously worked hard to get the ball back up into the Bears’ offensive end.
The Bears came out a different team in the second half, fighting hard and winning fifty-fifty balls. Williston was clearly worried. With only two subs on the bench, the Bears would have to push through fatigue and pain, and that is what they did. Molly Crabtree ’15 was all over every ball anywhere near her, and her fancy footwork tricked Williston players left and right. Crabtree worked determinedly to get the ball up into the offensive end, where forwards Allie McErlean ‘14 and Lexi Merison ’15 did not give up trying to get shots on goal. The Wildcats snuck another one in past Henman with 18 minutes to go, but other than that, the ball spent a lot of time in the Berkshire offensive end. Fighting until the finish with effective team play, the Bears got the ball to McErlean at the top of the box with two minutes to go. McErlean fired a beautiful shot, but it soared just high of the goal. The Bears went on to lose 2-0, but their “rally” play in the second half was very telling of the hardworking team that they are.
The Bears travel to Loomis Chaffee on Wednesday, looking to start strong from the start.