Berkshire Record: 0-2-0
Each year our season begins with us opening against two of the strongest teams in Class A Field Hockey,despite the fact that we are a Class B school. These games provide us with an excellent sense of where we fall in the league, as long as we rise to the occasion and are not intimidated. Saturday, the Varsity Field Hockey team faced a talented squad from Greenwich. We were ready, however, for after watching the JV tie GA just prior to our game, we felt this was our day. This was a far more competitive game than we have played against GA in recent years. And though the scoreboard does not reflect it, it was a close game, and we did have several chances.
Greenwich lit the lamp early off a nice cross inside the circle. Less than four minutes into the game, we found ourselves down by a goal. However, we had already had some momentum and believed we could fight back. Shortly after GA’s goal, Berkshire created a nice sequence down the field where Ronnie Lortie ’14 took a nice shot on net, GA’s goalie redirected the ball to Sabrina Tattersfield ’16, but Tattersfield struggled to slam home the equalizer. After much back and forth play, GA scored again at the 16:40 mark of the half. The Berkshire coaches argued the goal as it appeared to be dangerous, but to no avail. This briefly took the wind out of our sails, but the Bears continued to fight. GA finished the scoring in the half off another nice cross to put GA up 3-0 to head into the half.
Berkshire was tired but not willing to give up the fight. Olivia Good ’15 stepped up her game and made some nice give-and-go passes with Sophie Perekslis ’13 and Ronnie Lortie '14. Sandra Stephan ’15 and Sophia Peluso ’16 worked tirelessly to move the ball downfield, but we simply could not put a number on the scoreboard. GA finalized the win with a goal just 6:30 into the second half. Emily Czaijkowski ’15 finished the game with seven saves. GA’s goalie also had seven. We played a much more disciplined game than we had against Deerfield – a solid job by all.
We hope to continue our improvement and fight for a victory on our home field Monday against Ethel Walker. Please come out and support the team.