The Bears took on perennial powerhouse Greenwich Academy on a rainy Saturday afternoon, battling to a draw in fifty solid minutes. Goalkeeper Ani Wilson ‘16 made an impressive seven saves in just her second game in the cage.
Berkshire began the game hesitantly but quickly settled into a comfortable pace as the girls focused on controlling the momentum of play to prevent GA from gaining ground. The evenly-matched teams spent the vast majority of the first half on the middle fifty yards of the field with both teams looking to stretch a shot to goal. In the final minutes of the half, GA had three scoring chances in under five minutes, but Wilson remained resolved to protect her net from the onslaught. With one of the Bear’s starting backs out for the day, first time player Katherine Frick‘16 not only started on defense, but played with the confidence of a field hockey veteran for all fifty minutes of play. In the final seconds of the half, the Berkshire girls found themselves in a penalty corner as the clock wound down. Experiencing one of the most exciting moments in a field hockey game, playing out a “corner” with the clock at zero, the backfield Bears thwarted the GA attackers as Arwen Neski ‘15 flew off the endline with a warrior’s cry to block the outside shot and end the half with zeros across the board.
Looking to add some offense to their repertoire, Berkshire emerged from halftime with forwards Maddie Beitler ‘17, Lindsy Dario ‘16, and Captain Hannah Honan ‘15 eying the goal. Despite four stellar opportunities, the Bears were unable to convert rebounds. Midfielder Eliza Griffin ‘16, battling a sore knee, controlled the ball on the left of the field while middie Ivey Mueller ‘16 fought hard on the right to get the ball in the circle past the feet and hacks of the frustrated GA defenders. As play forged ahead, the small bench of Bears cheered through the rain and leaped to their feet, ready to play the moment they were needed. Maggie Mori ‘16 filled in at each midfield position, determined to keep the possession in favor of the Green and Gray. Helping out at forward, “The Bermudans” Caroline Skinner ‘16 and Tatum Boyle ‘16 worked to get the ball into open space and maintain the momentum. With tired legs weighing them down, the Bears relied on the fierce defensive play of Captain Reilly Kennedy ‘16 in the midfield, Lane Mayher ‘16 at sweep, and Maggie Markgraf ‘16 on the right back.
After years of losing big to the ever talented GA squad, a tie game felt like a win to these excited Bears, and their coaches could not have been more proud of the team’s hard work, determination, and spirit. Go Bears!