Soccer - Boys Varsity
|Date:||October 26, 2013|
|Score:||Berkshire 7 - Gunnery 1|
Berkshire played The Gunnery today on a crispy and windy fall afternoon. The visiting team came with a lot of energy and did well to contain the home side. Berkshire did not seem to be clicking very well early in the match, and it seemed that they were not dialed into their responsibilities on the field. As a result, it was a long first half filled with lots of Berkshire possession but not enough combined play and quality finishing. The visitors defended well and kept their energy level high. The Bears finally opened the scoring late in the first half with an excellent goal coming from a great bit of combination play by Justin Donawa '15 and Jack Harrison '15 that led to break down the wing for Donawa. He delivered an early cross onto the foot of the streaking Mutaya Mwape '16 who tucked the ball in the back of the net. Up 1-0 at halftime, the Bears looked to regroup and get back to playing the game with crisp passing and good movement off the ball, which was not present in the first half.In the second half, the Bears showed a bit more concentration, but the visitors held tough and continued to show tenacity on defense. In the 61st minute, Komar Martinez-Paiz '15 received a pass from Mutaya Mwape '16 and then cut back on his man and hammered a beautiful shot into the back of the net. This goal gave the Bears new energy and the team started to settle down and play nice soccer. Minutes later in a flurry of action in front of Gunnery's net, Kevin O'Neill '14 struck a great shot on goal, but Gunnery's keeper did well to tip the shot wide. However, Tanner Tomasi '14 pounced on the lose ball and touched in the third goal of the match. Though Berkshire would continue to play nice soccer and generate multiple chances, they were denied or were unable to convert. The final 8 minutes of the match was exciting as the Bears added four more goals and Gunnery got one back with a late goal. The first of the Bears three goals in the flurry of action came from Mutaya Mwape '16 who was set up each time by Jack Harrison '15. It was great chemistry between these two in this exciting five minutes of action. The final goal came from Harrison who was set up by Justin Donawa '15.
Gunnery played well and showed a lot of energy throughout the day, but in the end the Bears were able to secure the win with a much better second half performance. Up next the Bears play against South Kent at Farmington Sports Arena on Wednesday night at 6:00 PM.