Coming right off of a well-deserved break for a few days, the Berkshire Bears traveled to Millbrook to face the Mustangs on Wednesday. Despite the rest and the dreary weather fighting against them, the Bears’ energy was definitely not lacking, and it was a well fought game all the way to the last whistle.
It took a little while to get the passes going and the shots firing, but once they started, the Bears were hard to stop. Halfway into the first half, Elise Chauvel ’14 had the ball in the corner, and wasn’t afraid to shoot the ball hard at the Mustang keeper. The goalie had a tough time keeping hold of such a powerful kick, and the ball found its way into the back of the net to put the score at 1-0 Berkshire. It would be a little while before the next goal, as the Mustangs worked to move the ball down to the other end. Unfortunately for them, Berkshire’s defense was unstoppable, led by Anna Heissenbuttel ’13, Lucia Perkins ’14, Taylor Willi ’13, and Emily Hubbard ’14. The four and their teammates kept robbing the Mustangs of any scoring opportunity, pounding the ball back down the field at every opportunity. Lauren Henman ’14, relentless as usual, took advantage of these opportunities and drilled the ball into the back of the net twice in the last five minutes to end the half at 3-0 Berkshire.
Millbrook came back stronger and hungrier in the second half, but so did Berkshire. Defensively, Caroline Welch ’15 and Hallie Mather ’14 matched the strong play of their teammates in the first half. Offensively, five minutes into the half Eloise Morrow ’14 made a beautiful cross right in front of the Mustang net, where Allie McErlean ’14 was in perfect position to tap the ball in. The Mustangs, not ready to give up yet, found the back of the Berkshire net five minutes later. Then, McErlean answered back again with another goal in the 23rd minute. Like a game of ping pong, Millbrook responded with another goal to put the score at 5-2 Berkshire, where the Bears would hold them until the end of the game. It was a hard fought battle and team effort all the way through, and a well-deserved win by Berkshire.
The Bears will travel to nearby Indian Mountain School on Friday to face the team for a second time in what should be another very exciting match up.