TAMPA — Tuesday's mid-afternoon downpour was a test for Berkeley Prep's new soccer field, as well as the Buccaneers' clamp-down, fast-paced game.
As the Bucs faced rival Tampa Prep on Tuesday evening, passes died in the water, players kicked into puddles and Berkeley Prep escaped with a win.
The game's only goal came on Berkeley midfielder Rebecca Hurst's shot in the 28th minute — a shot that hit off the foot of a Tampa Prep defender and lofted over the head of Terrapins keeper Jordan Hatton to give the Buccaneers a 1-0 victory.
"We want the ball at our feet and we want to move the ball," Berkeley coach Ken Roberts said. "So anytime it slows down or skips, players are reaching for the ball instead of keeping it in front. Overall, I think we handled it well."
Berkeley (4-3-1) dominated the attack, rarely allowing Tampa Prep (6-2-1) opportunity for offense. And while the Bucs had a handful of scoring opportunities, the Terrapins' defense clamped down.
"I walk away from it as a victory for us," Tampa Prep coach Cindy Schofield said. "I think it's a moral victory for us. It's a great confidence boost."
Tampa Prep was without its leading scorer, sophomore Colby Maffei, who was called up to participate in the ODP Thanksgiving Interregional tournament this week in Coral Springs. While Maffei's absence left Tampa Prep without her 15 goals and three assists, the Terps were fine with playing defense.
"Our back four this year is solid," Schofield said. "I'm very confident with our back four."
But without Maffei, and with a first-half injury to Lauren Knoke, the Terps played the second half with just one bench player — a call-up from JV.
Still, Roberts said the opportunities were there for his team to extend its lead.
"We're trying a lot of combinations right now," he said. "We're not finding that last pass in the box right now. Last week, it was the same level and we scored eight goals. But we're playing some good matches and some tough competition."