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Soccer - Girls Varsity
|Date:||September 19, 2012|
|Score:||1 - 2|
Event Recap:The varsity soccer team opened their season against perennial Class B power Wilbraham Monson on Wednesday afternoon on Young Field. The Wilbraham Titans began their season last week registering two wins against Miss Porters and Kingswood-Oxford by a combined score of 11-0, so the Bears knew heading in that they would be facing a very high quality opponent.
The beginning part of the first half saw both teams come out strong, and while the Titans had the better part of the possession the Bears back line of Allie Brazo, Kyla Rabb, Hannah Cooke and Jackie Pape did a great job of keeping the opposition to the perimeter and when they were able to penetrate Camryn Biasin, making her Berkshire debut, was up to the task.
The Bears got on the board first by contesting and winning a ball on the right flank which was played to sophomore newcomer Ana Alvarenga ,who promptly hit it over the Titans' back line to spring a streaking Keunna Dill. Keunna's explosive speed caused problems for the Titans all day, and in this instance she was able to beat two defenders and slide it past the Wilbraham goalie.
But the lead was short-lived as just over two minutes later Wilbraham capitalized on a free kick and leveled the score at one, which is how it stayed until the end of the half.
In the second half the game was contested heavily in the midfield, until the 68th minute when senior captain Rhi Vanderbeek won a ball in the midfield which led to Keunna once again being sent in on goal. A questionable off-side goal blew the play dead and ended what would have been the Bears' best chance of the half. Less than a minute later the Titans were awarded a free quick in Bears' half, which they executed on again and took a 2-1 lead.The final tally would hold up and the Bears would have to settle for a closely fought loss to an outstanding opponent. The game was a great contest of two very good New England prep soccer teams and while the loss is not how the Bears had envisioned starting the season, it bodes well for the future knowing that we are capable of staying with one of the best sides in New England prep soccer.