The Vikings broke out early in the match, as Bergmann needed just six minutes to give Berry a 1-0 lead.
With Berry’s spirits soaring, the team continued to play aggressively and wear down the Shorter defense. In an intense strike on the Shorter end of the field, Chris Capati fired a shot at goalkeeper Marcus Stallechner who got a hand on the ball but deflected it back to Capati. Capati sent the ball across the face of the goal to teammate Daniel Wartner, who slid the ball just past the defender’s reach into the empty net.
Berry would take that 2-0 advantage into the intermission.
Eight minutes after the start of the second half, Capati was fouled in the box, and the Vikings were awarded a penalty kick. Bergmann took the kick, deceiving Stallechner and firing a shot into the upper right corner.
Down by three goals, the Eagles’ tension was running high, and the amount of physical contact between the teams increased. In the 63rd minute, a tussle broke out. The referee issued yellow cards to Berry’s Justin Smith and Shorter’s Stan Nizamutdinov, and ejected Dino Ceric from the game, forcing Berry to play a man down the remainder of the game.
With this disadvantage, the Viking defense struggled against Shorter’s renewed energy and it resulted in a goal for the Eagles in the 79th minute, when John Calderwood sent a ground shot past Berry goalkeeper Kevin Madigan.
That score would hold and the Vikings would improve to 4-1-1 on the season and 6-1-1 all-time vs. Shorter. The Hawks dropped to 5-2-1 in 2010.
Berry will host Greensboro College this Sunday, Sept. 26 at noon at Ford Soccer Field.