by Jamie Harris
The Berkeley Springs Indians soccer team had a pair of games this past week as the 2022 regular season is winding down. The Indians started off the week hosting long time sectional rival Keyser last Tuesday, October 4 on senior night.
Before the Indians and the Golden Tornado took the pitch seven Indian senior players were recognized. All seven have been a key reason in the Indians success this season. Mickey Gurson, Brandon Pindell, Ben Golden, Cardin Beal, Isaac Harris, Ettore Bosco and Collin Widmeyer were escorted out on the field by their families or host family.
When the game started the fans in the bleachers knew this was going to be another tight battle between Berkeley Springs and Keyser. The first half was a back and forth contest that saw the two teams tied at 2-2 at the half. Berkeley Springs had got goals from Axel Robles and Cody Payne scored.
In the second half the Indians came out with more focus and intensity and scored three more goals as Robles scored his second goal and Ben Golden (2 goals) found the back of the net. Earning as- sists for the game were Rob- les (2) and Mickey Gurson. Berkeley Springs got shots on the goal from Golden (16), Robles (7), Payne (4), Jacob Shekey (6), Ettore Bosce (5), Mickey Gurson (3), and Deven Stone (1).
The defensive back line of Isaac Harris, Collin Widmeyer, Deven Stone, Brandon Pindell, and keeper Cardin Beal kept the Golden Tornado scoreless in the second half. Beal finished the game with 24 saves. With the 5-2 win the Indians picked up their fourth win of the season.
On Thursday, October 6 the Indians traveled to Hampshire for a contest with the Class A A A Trojans. The Indians offense and defense kept the Trojans frustrated the first half as Hampshire held a 1-0 lead at the half.
In the second half Hampshire made some adjustments as Berkeley Springs had two starters go out with injuries and the Trojans took advantage and scored five second half goals to take the 6-0 win.
Berkeley Springs got shots on goal from Jacob Shekey (4), Ben Golden (3), Ettore Bosco (3), Axel Robles (1), and Jacob Morgan (1). The Indians defense was solid most of the game as Harris, Widmeyer, Stone, Pindell, and keeper Cardin Beal (14 saves) kept Trojans bottled up. Freshman keeper Brody Gloyd came in the final minutes of the game and had three saves.
Berkeley Springs (4-11) will wrap up the regular season with a pair of home games this week. On Tuesday, October 11 the Indians hosted Southern Fulton at 7 p.m. Then on Thursday, October 13 the Indians will host the Petersburg Vikings at 7 p.m.
The 2022 Class AA Soccer Sectional Championships will begin on Monday, October 17 and the Indians earned the #2 seed and will host the Keyser Golden Tornado #3 seed at Morgan Field at 6 p.m. The winner of that game will advance to the sectional championship game against #1 seed Frankfort on Wednesday, October 19.