In their final game of the season, the JV girls soccer squad, with green paint fiercely spread under their eyes, wanted very badly to get the win for their lone senior, Anna Heissenbuttel '13. The game began well for the Bears, as they controlled the ball in the Mustang end for the majority of the first fifteen minutes. Shots from Bears came at a consistent pace, but it wasn't until the 25:46 minute mark that they got on the board. Taylor Willi '16 at the stopper position played one her of best games of the season on Saturday. She smoothly made her way around two Mustang defenders and dished a nice long pass off to forward
Allie McErlean '14 who gathered the ball on the left side of the field and got a nice low shot off, far corner, just out of the goalie's reach! Another fifteen minutes of back-and-forth play went on, and a very fast player on Millbrook managed to speed her way to a clear shot of the Berkshire cage, capitalizing with a nice shot. The score was tied at one apiece heading into the second half. Less than two minutes into the second half, Berkshire had a goal-kick opportunity, which curved perfectly into goalie's box. Once again her kick found McErlean, who tapped the ball in with poise - the Bears took the lead! The good fortune continued 8 minutes later when an own-goal by Millbrook put the Bears ahead 3-1. Excellent effort led to some clutch plays by the back line - Heissenbuttel,Emily Walsh '16, Emily Hubbard '14, and Lucia Perkins '14. After a season of working together, their communication looked flawless out there - as one defender would know that another was ready to jump in for the take-over if the Mustang got past. But Millbrook scored two consecutive goals in the last 20 minutes of play - making it a 3-3 game with just 7 minutes left! It was now or never for the Bears - and now was the time when their true gritty and hardworking character showed.
Kylie Wilkes '16 was challenged in goal a few more times in those last minutes, but she collected the ball with a calming confidence and dished nice punts out to her teammates. Similarly, the determination did not stop for Hallie Mather '15 in the middle, who jumped on every 50-50 ball that was within her range. But time was ticking, and the Bears had to win for their senior. With just over two minutes on the clock, McErlean ran the ball down the left side of the field, passing two defenders and drawing a third. That third left Molly Crabtree '15 without a defender and with a clear path to the goal. McErlean slid the ball to Crabtree, who then dribbled it in toward the Mustang keeper and placed an unstoppable shot to the far left side of the cage. GOAL!!!! Staying composed through the final whistle, the Bears went and celebrated the win with Heissebuttel and Wilkes! A great win and an even better season. Go Bears!