Soccer - Girls Varsity
vs. The Rivers School
New England Class B Semifinal
|Date:||November 17, 2012|
|Score:||0 - 2|
Event Recap:The Bears traveled to the Rivers School on Saturday for a chance to avenge their quarterfinal defeat from a year ago to the Rivers School.
The weather was great, and all those in attendance were treated to an outstanding battle by two of the top teams in New England prep soccer. The game started well for booths teams, with Rivers maintaining most of the possession, but the Bears were disciplined defensively and committed to a game plan of defending well and keeping the contest close into the late minutes where hopefully their speed and conditioning would take over. 20 minutes into the first half, Rivers earned a free kick from 30 yards which their midfielder hit well. The ball appeared to hang a bit in the wind, and the Bears keeper Camryn Biasin lost her footing as the ball sailed into the upper netting to give the home team a 1-0 lead. The Bears responded extremely well and pressured Rivers and created some good chances to end the half but were unable to convert.
Down by a goal at the half, the Bears were in familiar territory following their comeback win the quarterfinal. Confident that a seasons worth of hard work would now pay off, the Bears came out with a sense of urgency and began to dictate the pace of play. Keunna Dill began to find some space and the midfield of Rhi Vanderbeek, Lucy Hollister, Ana Alvarenga and Eliza Stichter began to win the physical battle in the middle. With under 15 minutes to go the Bears created their best chance of the match when Dill beat her mark, fired a shot which was bobbled by the keeper and started rolling towards the goal line. A number of Bears were in the area, but none could get their foot on it before the keeper made a tremendous diving effort to get her hands on it. With under 10 minutes to go, Rivers earned another corner and an unmarked striker got her head on it for a 2-0 lead.
As they have done all the year, the Bears responded extremely well and were committed to playing a full 80 minutes and continued to push but were unable to find the back of the goal and ultimately fell 0-2. The loss ended an outstanding season for the Bears in which they advanced further into the Class B New England tournament than any team in school history. The team's seniors did an outstanding job of providing leadership and have left a legacy which will not be forgotten and created a foundation for the program to continue to build on.