Soccer - Boys Thirds
|Date:||November 6, 2013|
|Score:||Berkshire 1 - Avon 1|
The Berkshire Thirds team gathered on the field one last time this Wednesday for what was going to be the most intense match of the season. The Bears worked hard to exert control of the game and were successful on and off as if both teams had decided in advance to take turns in order to make the game more exciting. Berkshire passed the ball gracefully, creating numerous opportunities, and containing the many attempts by Avon to overcome our defenses. The lines were disciplined, and the effort to hold possession of the ball was unwavering throughout the first forty minutes of the game. This half was certainly an excellent example of what we have tried to accomplish this season: good soccer with emphasis on possession, intensity, great chances, shots on goal. Unfortunately, the goals were missing.
The second half began with beautiful soccer for about 15 minutes and then, as if somebody had suddenly taken the oxygen out of the entire field, the pace of our play slowed to a crawl and Berkshire began to allow access to our goal. Then, a harmless ball appeared between three of our defenders and goalie and while they were watching, an opponent came through, pushed the ball with his body and scored just like that. This unexplainable event turned a promising afternoon into a nightmare where Berkshire could not remember how to play the beautiful game anymore. The opponents were emboldened and created many situations of danger in Berkshire territory. It really seemed as if this great season was going to end in defeat when our captain Corey Wieczoreck’ 16 got a hold the ball in midfield dribbled through many opponents and took a shot on goal that the keeper deflected with great difficulty sending the ball up into the air above the goal. The ball eventually came down and there was Sam Merrill’ 16 to push it with his body into the back of the net.It was a real pleasure for Coach Miller and me to work with this fine group of young men this fall. We thank all of the players for making this a great season.