Playing at home today, Berkshire hosted a talented team from Taft School. From the outset, Taft looked to concentrate its efforts on strong defensive work and it worked for quite some time, as the Bears struggled to find any rhythm in possession. For much of the first half the game was a stalemate, as Berkshire tried to crack through Taft's defensive grid with not much success. Justin Donawa '15 broke the game in the 34th minute open when he received a pass from Luis Echeverria '13 and hammered in a low blast into Taft's side netting. Then, less than five minutes later, Zeiko Lewis '13 received a pass from Tony Amolo '13 and then touched the ball around the oncoming keeper and slotted the ball into the empty net. Up 2-0 at halftime, the Bears knew that Taft would come out with a stronger offensive push in the second half.
The second half started well for the Bears, and in the first minute Donawa '15 almost scored his second when he broke free and then chipped the ball over the oncoming keeper. However, his shot just floated over the cross bar. Minutes later, Noah Sinkoff '13 broke free and delivered a beautiful cross to Jack Harrison '15 who finished the chance well, giving the Bears the 3-0 lead. Then Jack Harrison '15 helped create the fourth goal of the match when he served a ball onto the head of Tanner Tomasi '14 who headed the ball into the back of the net. In the 70th minute, Lewis '13 scored another goal off a fine cross from Harrison '15. The Bears would score once more when Another Kushaina '15 was taken down in the penalty box, and then Harrison '15 converted the PK, giving the Bears the 6-0 lead. Taft got one back in the final minutes of the match when a cross bounced up and hit Jackson Borwick '13 in the arm for a penalty call. Though Bryan Gerstenfeld '14 made a good attempt on the ensuing PK, he was unable to stop the shot. The final was 6-1 for the Bears.
All member of the team got good minutes today, which was great. Matty Wieczorek '14 came off the bench early in the game and delivered his best game of the year in the center midfield. Berkshire's center backs Brandon Allen '13 and Nate Summers '14 were organized as a pair and were able to fend off Taft's dangerous attacks throughout the day. The effort of the entire team was commendable. The final score does not reflect the quality of the match and Taft's strong play. Taft was well organized and played very good soccer, so Berkshire was particularly proud to have earned a strong win on the day.
Up next, Berkshire travels to Suffield on Saturday.