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Back-to-Back Contests Yield Mixed Results For JV/Varsity Girls Soccer
Posted on 03/26/2019
Back-to-Back Contests Yield Mixed Results For JV/Varsity Girls Soccer

The Flatbush Girls JV and Varsity Soccer Teams played back-to-back doubleheaders on Monday (3/25) and Tuesday (3/26) nights, to differing results. The JV dropped both games, losing by a wide margin on Monday at SAR but coming back with a much inspired performance Tuesday against Central at home. Meanwhile, the Varsity pulled out a gritty 7-6 road win over the SAR Sting in Riverdale then followed it up with a very tough loss Tuesday night by a score of 9-4 to the Central Wildcats at the Falcons nest in Brooklyn, NY.

 Team

The JV’s opened Tuesday’s night of soccer, and the teams played even for the majority of the opening quarter. Flatbush had two great scoring chances. First by Esther Mizrachi , who just could not get any pace on her shot, and the second by Sophia Dweck who let fly a blast, but it was right on the goalie. Barbara Salama, meanwhile, was solid in goal for Flatbush, keeping her crease clear. Then, with just over two minutes left, a Salama clear took a bad bounce off the wall and a Wildcat player drove the ball home into an empty corner of the net. After one quarter, Central was up 1-0.

 in play

Central got goal number two shortly after the restart. But, Salama came up with an amazing goal-saving play a few minutes later. Lillian Haddad nearly got Flatbush on the board, but her blast sailed just wide of the goal. Lynn Pichotto and Esther Mizrachi each followed with great chances, but Mizrachi could not drive home Pichotto’s centering pass. Salama stayed sharp in goal with another save in the final seconds of the half. At the intermission, Central held a 2-0 lead.

Save Salama shot

Flatbush brought pressure to start the second half, but it was Central that got the next goal when the Falcons misplayed the ball deep in their zone. Pichotto had Flatbush’s best scoring chances, but the Wildcats keeper kept denying the Falcons. Central got another goal just before the end of the period. With one quarter left to play, Central was now ahead 4-0.

It took less than 30 seconds of the fourth period, but with the aide of Diane Azrak, Esther Mizrachi finally broke through for Flatbush and the Falcons were on the board. Unfortunately, three minutes later, with the defense out of position the Falcons gave the goal right back. Midway through the quarter, Haddad added to the Flatbush total with the team’s second goal. Mizrachi looked to have banked in goal number three off the far post, but the officials ruled that the ball did not fully cross the goal line. Final score: Central 5, Flatbush 2.

 Mizrachi shoots

Afterwards, Head Coach Edie Koslowe was extremely impressed with her JV Girls’ performance. “The JV Girls played an amazing game! It was just a much improved performance from yesterday. This is definitely something we can build on.”

The Varsity Girls stepped out soon after, looking to carry the momentum from last night’s win at SAR, one of the more difficult road venues in the MYHSAL. That plan disappeared very quickly, though, as the game was barely underway when Central caught a great bounce and drove it beyond the reach of Falcon Keeper Julie Saadia. The teams then settled into a back and forth. Esther Hidary nearly got Flatbush even, and Saadia came up with four phenomenal stops in goal. With 4:21 on the clock, Frieda Laniado drove home a rebound off a Simone Dweck shot, and the game was all even, 1-1. Two minutes later, Ruthy Soffer connected on a loose ball that slowly rolled out in front of the Central goalie, and Flatbush grabbed the lead. At the end of the first quarter, the Falcons were out in front, 2-1.

 set up Goal, Laniado

In the first 25 seconds of the second quarter, it looked like Flatbush would get the next goal as Madeline Tawil and Hidary were right on the doorstep with four scoring chances, but they just could not get the ball on target. The ball quickly changed ends and in that time Central scored the equalizer. Hidary and Tawil had two more golden opportunities, but continued to be just slightly off target. Meanwhile, Central completely wrested the momentum from Flatbush with two more goals. With four minutes gone, the Wildcats now led 4-2. It was a tough period for the Falcons, as the ball just did not bounce their way. Flatbush’s shots we’re just a bit wide, while Central’s found some space - and the back of the net. At halftime, Central was in control, 6-2.

Falcon Keeper Saadia had a nice save to start the second half, and Hidary had a couple of scoring chances, but with 1/3 of the quarter gone it was Central that scored next. Flatbush just could not catch a break on offense. Mimi Sultan was in the crease, and had help from Tawil, but neither could get the ball home. Central added another before Flatbush got back on the board with three minutes left in the quarter when Hidary drove the ball just under the crossbar off a Raquel Keda tip at midcourt on the restart to make it an 8-3 game.

 Julie Saadia

The start of the fourth quarter saw another sharp Saadia save right on the goal line. But she could not stop them all, and Central scored again a minute in. Betty Greenberg, who played solid defense all night, nearly got it back on a drive from the defensive zone, but it was saved at the last minute. Saadia made two more great saves on back-to-back blasts to keep the game going. Flatbush continued to attack, and with 5:50 to play, Tawil poked home a centering ball from Hidary to get the deficit down to 5. But time was running out on the Falcons. Saadia “saved” her best for last, with about ten saves in the final five minutes to keep Central’s total in place. Flatbush kept pressing, but could get no closer. Central prevailed, 9-4.

Final Goal 

NEST NOTES: The Varsity Falcons defeated the SAR Sting the night before by a score of 7-6. The team was led by Esther Hidary who recorded 4 goals on the night. Raquel Keda added two goals, and Betty Greenberg’s lone goal rounded out the scoring. Julie Saadia was amazing in the net, and received excellent help in front of her on defense from Greenberg along with Alyssa Shayo and Rachel Nahon.

 Girls Varsity Soccer Team

The Girls Soocer teams will get a chance to get back in the win column on Tuesday night, April 2, when they take to the Falcons Nest for a JV/Varsity doubleheader. The JV’s will open the action against Bruriah Lightning at 7:00 pm, with the Varisty to follow afterwards as they host the Ramaz Rams in Brooklyn, NY.

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