The Bears return to .500 after dropping a heartbreaker of a Monday game to Gunnery. The first ten minutes went completely in favor of Berkshire. Elle Mattsson, Sandra Stephan, Chase Gerber and Jeanne Morin seamlessly moved the ball down the strong side of the field. Supported by our stalwart mid-fielders, Olivia Good and Ronnie Lortie, the Bears were off to a strong start. The game was a tight one, moving up and down the field with pace. But, by the time the buzzer blew, the score remained tied at zero.
Only two minutes into the second half, the Highlanders struck, sending the ball down the right wing and crossing to the stroke where a forward was there to knock it in. The Bears battled back, but it was not until about 10 minutes left that they played with real urgency. Despite having to shuffle the line up due to an injury to Ronnie Lortie, the Bears were able to generate some serious offense in the final minutes of the game. But, unfortunately, they were unable to put one in. Despite the loss, there were some unbelievable performances by the Berkshire girls on Monday afternoon. Alli Sugar had her strongest game of the season, supporting Sophie Peresklis all over the field. Maureen McCarthy was tasked with face guarding an extremely talented Gunnery player and successfully neutralized her for 60 minutes. Olivia Good dominated the center of the field, stickhandling around defenders left and right and distributing the ball to open space. Sandra Stephan stepped up to the challenge of being moved into the midfield, acting as both an offensive threat and defensive support. Finally, Maddie Bricken came off the bench to give our exhausted forwards a break. Though a defender by nature, Maddie stepped in and successfully filled a much needed void.
The Bears return to their home field on Wednesday to take on Hotchkiss.