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Fantastic Finish Clinches Playoff Berth

Fantastic Finish Clinches Playoff Berth for Varsity Boys
Posted on 04/30/2019
Fantastic Finish Clinches Playoff Berth for Varsity Boys

A blast from the wing with 30 seconds to play lifted the Flatbush Boys Varsity Soccer team to an 8-7 victory over the Ramaz Rams on Tuesday night (4/30), securing a playoff berth for the Falcons in the nightcap of a JV/Varsity doubleheader that saw the JV Falcons drop a tough 6-3 contest to the rival Magen David Warriors in the evening’s opener at the Falcons Nest in Brooklyn, NY.

Flatbush defense 

The JV Boys opened the night of soccer at the Falcons Nest with Flatbush’s goalie Michael Oved making a stop off the opening drive to keep Magen off the board early. The Falcons had the first scoring chance when Ikey Tawil turned on an Elie Ojalvo rebound, but he pulled it just wide of the Warrior goal. Magen ultimately scored first with a goal at 7:21. Ronnie Sasson had a quality chance on a loose ball with two minutes to play but drove it over the crossbar. Shlomo Tangy also had a good look in the final seconds, but Flatbush could not score. At the end of one, Magen led 1-0.

 Michael Oved makes the save Ikey Tawil drives the ball

Two minutes into the second quarter, Oved made a fingertip save to deny the Warriors. But with just over 8 mini left, Oved could not find a rebound off the high back wall and Magen poked it home to double their lead. Magen was now carrying the play, and they capitalized on a poor defensive clear to add to their total. Flatbush had a great chance to get on the board with 2:30 to play when Ari Weingarten had three headers in a row, but two bounced off the backboard and the third went just over the crossbar. Ojalvo and Tawil took shots in the final moments of the half, but were denied. At the half, MDY held a 3-0 lead.

 Tangy plays the ball

Flatbush finally solved the Warrior defense with just under two minutes gone in the second half when Ojalvo touched home a pass from Tangy, placing it into the high left corner of the net. Flatbush kept the pressure on, and doubled their total a minute and a half later when Tawil scored a second goal for the Falcons. It was now a whole new ball game! Magen answered, though, bouncing a free kick off the back wall and knocking home the rebound, a play that worked for them a second time. Magen soon scored again, reclaiming the three-goal lead. Meanwhile, an injury to the hand forced Oved to the bench and sent Leor Yazdi into the Flatbush goal. It was Flatbush’s turn to answer, with Isaac Kroub setting up Ojalvo for his second goal of the game, and making it a 5-3 contest. That was the score when the third quarter came to a close.

 Goal!

Tangy came close to making it a one-goal game, but he was denied at the last second. Meanwhile, Magen finally got one by Yazdi to make it a 6-3 game with 7 minutes to play. Yazdi came up with a big save to keep the deficit at three with just over four minutes left. Flatbush’s offense came up with a flurry of shots down the stretch, but none could find their way home. Final score: Magen 6, Flatbush 3.

 

Save by Yazdi Ojalvo shoots

The Varsity Boys stepped out onto the court next for the second game of the doubleheader. Flatbush and Ramaz spent the first 7 minutes of play sizing each other up. That was until Abie Soussan turned on a ball and put it in the back of the Rams goal for a 1-0 Flatbush lead. However, Ramaz evened the score a minute later when Jack Zeitouny went for a kick save instead of getting down with his body to block the ball. The shot scooted past his foot, and the game was tied. Michael Soussan made sure it did not stay that way for long. His drive from close in with under 6 minutes left in the quarter beat the Ram keeper, and Flatbush was again in the lead by one. Zeitouny came up with a huge point-blank save in the final 20 seconds to preserve the lead. After one quarter of play, Flatbush was up, 2-1.

 M Soussan with the ball GOAL!

Flatbush’s defense, anchored by Nathan Sidaoui and Charles Haddad, and backed by Zeitouny, was solid and denied the Rams for five minutes. But with just under 10 minutes on the clock, Ramaz’s pressure paid off, and the game was all even once again. Abie Soussan has a number of opportunities, but was stymied. Michael Soussan, however, was not, and took back the lead with just under 6 minutes left on the clock. He scored again when Ramaz had a defensive lapse; Michael tapped home a set-up from Abie. Ramaz almost got one back with 1:30 to play, but it scooted across the crease and wide of the far post. At the half, Flatbush had doubled its lead to 4-2.

 Haddad defends

The teams traded ends, and Ramaz was clearly ready for the game’s restart, executing a great play to convert a blast from the point into an open right side of the Falcon net just seconds into the half. Flatbush countered, though, on an equally hard shot from Abie Soussan. Michael joined the party a minute later, and the Falcons were up 6-3. Zeitouny sharpened up in goal, making two tough saves. But a ball soon trickled out past the defense from the back wall, and the Rams deficit was down to two. Moments later, Zeitouny stopped another power shot from the Rams, this time with his groin, which necessitated a brief respite before the game got underway once again. Flatbush’s offense responded with another Abie Soussan score, this time from the wing. It was then the Rams turn, as they beat Zeitouny from midcourt on a passing shot to his left. Ramaz got another one on the doorstep and the lead was down to one with under 6 minutes left in the third quarter. The Soussan’s nearly teamed up for another score, but were denied at the last moment. Then, with exactly two minutes on the clock, Ramaz had come all the way back, and the score was even. With 38 seconds to play, the Falcons defense was called on to preserve the tie. Sidaoui deflected the ball away (with his face) to keep the ball out of the Flatbush goal. The quarter came to an end, but the game was now tied, 7-7, with 15 minutes left to play.

 Zeitouny in goal A Soussan scores

Flatbush’s season rested in this one final period. The Falcons needed an outright win to secure a spot in the playoffs, while all Ramaz needed was to send the game into overtime. Both goalies came up with big saves to keep the score even for over six minutes, and the Rams got major help from the post on an Abie Soussan shot that got behind the Ramaz keeper. It was still 7-7 with 6:42 to play, and Head Coach Eli Amzalag took a timeout to rest his Falcons and regroup for a strong finish. After the restart, it was Zeitouny’s turn to benefit from the post, keeping the game knotted. With the clock winding down on the Falcons season, Liel Edri drew a yellow card with 50.1 seconds remaining, giving the Rams a free kick deep in the Flatbush zone. The defense held strong and denied the Ram attack. Then, with 30 second to play, Michael Soussan delivered his biggest strike of the season. He drilled the ball from the left wing past the Rams keeper into the upper far corner of the goal. Soussan was met at midcourt and swarmed by his elated teammates! But, 30 seconds still remained to play.
Ramaz was not walking away. Sidaoui managed to tie up the ball in the defensive corner, though, and Flatbush held off the final Ram attack to secure the hard-fought 8-7 win! The season was not over, as the Falcons advanced to the MYHSAL playoffs.

 ELATION!
Final Score Sportsmanship

NEST NOTES: The win insured that the Varsity Falcons a playoff spot as the 2 points in the standings vaults them over the Ramaz Rams for sole possession of third place, with a second place tie with Heschel still a possibility. Nevertheless, the Falcons possess one of the two best records of teams not in 1st or 2nd place in their division, which guarantees Flatbush a spot in the 2019 MYHSAL Boys Varsity Soccer Playoffs. They will now await the completion of the regular season to see who they will face in the playoffs.

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