It was an ideal day for some Parents’ Weekend soccer on Saturday at Berkshire. After a rainy day on Friday, the sun came out just in time, and plenty of it! The setting was perfect for the Bears to show their parents what they could do against the Canterbury Saints.
The Bears came out quiet, but strong, working the ball up into their offensive end, and not letting it exit too often. Five minutes into the half, playing an aggressive center forward, Lauren Henman ’14, took a shot on goal. Although the Canterbury keeper was able to knock it out, the ball rebounded back to Henman, who was ready for it and headed the ball into the back of the net. Ten minutes later, on a beautiful kick up the field by Taylor Willi ’16, Allie McErlean ’14 received the ball with a perfect touch forward that gave her a breakaway opportunity. McErlean, poised as always, placed the ball past the goalie for goal number two for the Bears. Just minutes later, Henman scored another to put the score at 3-0 Berkshire. Not only was the offense successful, but the defense kept the ball as far away from the Berkshire goal as possible. Strong defense for the Bears came from rookies Emily Walsh ’16, Madison Heilshorn ’16, and Caroline Welch ’16.
The Bears came out louder and stronger in the second half, and continued to show what they are made of. Sweeper Anna Heisenbuttel ’13 and stopper Willi moved up to play offense for the first time all year. Although determined to get their first goals of the season, both girls proved to be team players, passing the ball around, and playing very well up front. Lucia Perkins ’14 did a great job stepping in at the sweeper position, and Molly Crabtree ’15 and Hallie Mather ’15 were walls at stopper. Up at offense, Berkshire continued to make good plays, continuously getting the ball to the corner and making beautiful crosses. Rookies Sammi Walkingshaw ’16 and Hanna Derrig ’16 saw considerable playing time and had strong showings at midfield and forward respectively. About halfway through the second half, on a direct kick from the right corner, Elise Chauvel ’15 perfectly crossed the ball to the top of the six, where Crabtree was waiting to volley the ball in for a goal.
With the score at 4-0, the Saints did not give up, and continued to push the ball down the field in the last few minutes of the game. But, Berkshire keeper Kylie Wilkes ’16 played exceptionally and aggressively, robbing Canterbury of any opportunity. In the best team effort of the season, the score ended at 4-0 Berkshire.
The Bears will travel to Millbrook on Wednesday.