The Bears came out on the right side of an absolute barn burner this Saturday afternoon. Despite the long day of SAT testing for many of our seniors, the girls came ready to play. It was a tight battle from start as the Bears battled against new field conditions and bus legs. In the first half the game was played almost exclusively between the two 25 yard lines as both sides volleyed for offensive possessions.
The second half was much of the same. Berkshire had their first real offensive opportunities as they put a couple of shots on net. The Bears found a store of luck after Williston knocked a few off the pipes, but the core four of Olivia Mason, Sophie Pereklis, Maureen McCarthy and Alli Sugar held them off. With only 2:32 left in the game, Williston received a yellow card, and Berkshire played the rest of the half up a player. Despite some real offensive opportunities, the Bears were unable to convert.
The real drama began in the 60th minute as the Bears took the field for their first overtime period of the season. With Williston still a man down, the Berkshire six went right at the Williston five. Just over two minutes into OT, Williston was granted a 16 yard hit. Jeanne Morin, tenacious as ever, attacked the Williston defender, stripped her off the ball, beat the goal one on one and deposited the ball into
the back of the net.
An all around great win for Berkshire. A strong effort from the entire team, with Allegra Horstmann and Ronnie Lortie returning to the field after being sidelined by injuries. Chase Gerber, after missing the first half, stepped right in with no warm up and brought our offense the spark that we needed.
The Bears look to get another road win on Wednesday when they head down to Taft to take on the Rhinos.