Field Hockey - Girls Varsity
|Date:||November 2, 2013|
|Score:||Berkshire 3 - Westminster 5|
Berkshire record: 6-7-1
We knew heading into this game that we were facing a formidable opponent. With only one loss under their belts to perennial powerhouse Hotchkiss, Westminster is among the top teams in Class A. We were fired up, nonetheless, to see what we could put together; additionally, we were excited for our first night game, as well as a Play 4 the Cure game in which Westminster raised over $4000.00 heading into this game. Kudos to them!
At the first whistle we were both excited as well as hesitant. Westminster won the coin toss and dominated play from the very beginning. Westy scored a beautiful goal just over two minutes into the game, added a second just four minutes later and before we had barely even gotten off of the bus, we found ourselves down 2-0. The Westminster passing sequences were beautiful, and we simply found ourselves on our heels. With just over three minutes left to play, they scored what would prove to be the game winner.
Berkshire would not give up, however. We began the second half eager to prove ourselves and show that we can compete among the best teams. Ronnie Lortie scored off of a well-executed corner play at the 18:55 mark. Within two goals, we were confident we could put another on the board. However, Westy took the wind out of our sails and scored just over two minutes later. Sophie Perekslis and Sandra Stephan combined for a beautiful passing combination which resulted in a goal with three minutes to play. Unfortunately, Westy had already solidified the win with their fifth goal just a few minutes earlier. We felt good about the fact that we tied the second half, though we wished we had pulled our game together sooner.
The entire team played with heart and grit tonight. Ronnie Lortie was exceptional at offense. After being subbed, Sophie Perekslis played aggressively and forced turnovers. Sophia Peluso covered the field with intensity and quick play. Olivia Good sharpened her stick skills and dodged Westy players consistently. Georgia McLanahan had her best game of the year doing all of the little things well. Sandra Stephan faced her old team with 60 minutes of desire and tenacity. The team enjoyed a delicious meal afterwards courtesy of the McLanahans. Thank you to them for such a wonderful treat! We face Miss Porters away on Wednesday and hope to bring home two Class B wins to finish off our season!