Event Recap:Berkshire record: 4-2-0
This was a huge win for the Bears both in terms of our overall record as well as our own self-confidence. Playing on a Monday is challenging; playing on a Monday away, is frustrating; playing on a Monday, away, on grass after we had just played three games the previous week, well, we feared the worst.
We arrived at Gunnery 40 minutes before game time, eager to test out the grass and anxious to read our opponents. We ironed out some frustrations prior to game time, made some adjustments in our game plan and were ready to take on the defending Class C Champs on their home turf.
Throughout the game it was an even match. Where we would supply offensive pressure, they would respond with a rush up the field and threaten our defensive end. Gunnery made some noise early in the first half off some nice rushes down field. Berkshire countered and began to get used to the grass. The first half ended in a 0-0 tie. The halftime speech consisted of: don’t get frustrated, support one another both verbally as well as physically, and get some shots on net. In the second half we produced more offense, challenged Gunnery with three well-executed corners, and ultimately powered in a goal with 2:52 to play in the game. The goal came from beautiful mid-field work by Olivia Good ’15 who moved the ball through the offensive 50-75. She fed the ball to Sophie Perekslis ’14 who had a step on her defender. As Sophie fell to the ground, she literally put everything she had into the shot that slammed past a diving goaltender. For the remainder of the game, the Bears fought with confidence to preserve the win. There were many stars of the game as several Bears stepped up and had their best games yet: Alli Sugar ’16, Emily Czajkowski ’15, Sandra Stephan ’15, Sophia Peluso ’16, Olivia Good ’15 and Natalie Harrington ’16 all raised their level of play and listened to our suggestions prior to the game, during halftime as well as our second half time-out. We face Class A perennial powerhouse Hotchkiss on their turf tomorrow. Please come out and support! Many, many thanks to the McLanahans for dinner!