Berkshire School boys soccer takes NEPSAC Class A title


Berkshire School saved one of its best games for last.

The Bears easily annexed their second consecutive NEPSAC Class A boys soccer championship on Sunday, dominating Worcester Academy 4-0 in the final at Loomis-Chafee School.

Berkshire improved to 19-1-1 on the year, 19-0-1 against prep schools. Their one loss came in an early season game against soccer power Chaminade High School of St. Louis.

They are presently ranked No. 2 in the nation on the boys soccer poll. However, speculation at Berkshire School on Saturday afternoon was that Sunday's win may push the Bears to No. 1 nationally.

Berkshire was led by junior Justin Donawa with two goals and senior Austin Zaepfel, with a goal and an assist. Emmett Clarke posted his second shutout of the three-day tournament, and his 11th of the season.

Zaepfel's cross to junior striker Milton Martinez in the 20th minute opened the scoring, About 15 minutes later, Zaepfel converted a corner kick to push the advantage to 2-0.

Donowa's first score probably put the game out of reach, as the Bears only allowed three goals in a game once all year. Donowa's unassisted score came 40 seconds into the second half.

About 12 minutes later, Worcester got its best chance of the game, drawing a penalty kick at about the 52-minute mark.

But Clarke smothered the penalty try by Worcester's best scorer, Sam Klippel and the threat went by the board.

Donawa had the final score of the day. Speedy winger Mutaya Mwape bolted down the sideline and dished off to Donawa, who obligingly punched it in.

During their run, the Bears defeated Northfield Mount Hermon, ranked No. 8 in New England, 2-0, Hotchkiss School, ranked ninth nationally, 2-1 in overtime and Worcester, ranked No. 6 in the country, 4-0.


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