Soccer - Boys Junior Varsity
|Date:||October 30, 2013|
On a surprisingly warm, almost spring-like day, the Bears traveled south to take on the Millbrook Mustangs. After negotiating some construction and navigating our way through the woods to get to the field, the Bears hit the warm up focused on the weather and our missing opponents. With no games last week, it was tough for the Bears to feel game-ready but after a brief chat, the Bears committed themselves to performing to their potential. The first half saw glimmers of this promised performance as Berkshire maintained possession and continued to apply pressure in Millbrook's final third. Striker Juan Cedeno '17 played a great one-two combination with co-captain and center midfielder Pete Warsinske '14 to open some room at the the top of the 18. Pete's low shot slid beneath a diving keeper for our first goal. However, despite good possession, the Bears didn't control the game in the first half and entered halftime up by just one goal.
The second half featured more confident possession by the Bears, great efforts by several substitutes, and some fantastic saves by second-half keeper Henry Thomas '16. Winger Jared Renzi '16 slotted a through ball to a streaking Cedeno who faked the keeper near post and then went far post. The Bears continued to pressure well and striker Chris Zaffanella '15 made some great individual runs up the wing. Vaughan Kavanagh '15 played a great diagonal ball to spring Chris down the wing but Chris's shot went right to the keeper. Later in the half, centerback Andre Bogdanovic '15 hit a free kick into the box that Chris dropped back to Juan who drove a ball through a melee of players and into the back of the net for his second of the game. Our final goal came from center midfielder Larry Matt '16. Renzi split the defense with a good ball, Larry cut it back and then cut again to lose his defender and then struck a left-footed shot that deflected off an opponents foot and dropped in just over the outstretched keeper's hand.
Similar to Hamilton and Burr's infamous duel, the Bears will square off against the Westminister's Martlets this upcoming Saturday in our third to last game of the season. A special thanks to Mrs. Shalleck for providing some delicious snacks to the team.