Field Hockey - Girls Varsity
|Date:||September 28, 2013|
|Score:||Berkshire 1 - Kent 0|
Berkshire Record: 3-2-0
This fall has blessed us with phenomenal field hockey weather. It was a gorgeous day at Kent, and though this was the third game of the week for the Bears, we were excited to take the field against a talented and athletic Kent team. With many distractions prior to the start, the Bears had to work hard to gather our focus. This was Kent’s third day on their new field turf field and both teams felt the frustration of the slow turf. Prior to the game there were photos and an inaugural ceremony which delayed our start. Finally, with all of that behind us, we were ready to begin.
The fight for the win was a 61 minute battle. The first half was an ugly and sloppy half for the Bears. We struggled to trust one another and effectively support the ball. Each time we had an opportunity to move the ball down field, we either tried to handle the ball for too long, or we got in our teammate’s way to create obstruction. After a much needed rest and hydration at the half, we took the field with discipline, trust and tenacity. Excellent offensive play by Sabrina Tattersfield ’16 and Sophie Perekslis ’14 who created countless offensive opportunities down the right side of the field. Sophia Peluso ’16, Olivia Good ’15 and Sandra Stephan ’15 began to find their groove at midfield and made some vital plays to transition the ball. Alli Sugar ’16 and Maureen McCarthy ’14 were flawless at D, and Emily Czajkowski ’15 kept the cage clear and made three crucial saves that changed the game for us. The winning goal and only goal came just one minute into overtime where the Bears moved the ball quickly and decisively down field. Olivia Good passed the ball from just outside the circle to Sophie Perekslis who swept the ball passed the goaltender. Unfortunately for Kent, the goalie misread the play and either thought Sophie’s shot was outside the circle or was going wide and did not make the effort to save the ball. A tough loss for Kent, but an essential win for the Bears. We have another three game week coming up where we face Class C Champions Gunnery on their home field Monday; we travel to Class A powerhouse Hotchkiss on Wednesday, and finish the week at home against Class B rival Williston. Please come out and support the Bears!