The Varsity Field Hockey team dropped their season opener at Deerfield on Saturday afternoon by a score of three to zero. Playing on their home turf, Deerfield took hold of the game the minute the whistle blew. Quick forwards descended upon a Berkshire team that was plagued by bus legs and the nerves of the first game of the season. Within the opening minutes, Deerfield was granted a corner, which they quickly capitalized on, lighting the lamp only 2:43 into the game. The first 10 minutes of the half went to Deerfield as our defense struggled to move the ball beyond our defensive 25.
A flash of Berkshire offense came almost mid-way through the half when Berkshire was awarded several offensive corners in a row. Despite good attempts by Ronnie Lortie, Sandra Stephan and Olivia Good, Berkshire was unable to capitalize.
The second half proved to follow the suit of the first, as Deerfield maintained possession of the ball and control of the game. The final blow came when Jeanne Morin and Berkshire were punished with a yellow card and forced to play man down for five minutes at the middle of the second half. With the wind out of our sails, Deerfield was able to net two more goals before the buzzer blew.
The highlight of the game was Taylor Sorenson, who turned away 14 shots. Sorenson, who was sidelined at the end of last season due to a shoulder injury, stood on her head, making a couple of diving plays and even rushing onto a ball to clear it from the top of circle.
The Bears looks to get their first win at 2:30pm at Ethel Walker on Wednesday.