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Girls Soccer Splits DH; JV's Earn 1st Win

Girls Soccer Splits DH; JV's Earn 1st Win of the Season
Posted on 04/02/2019
Girls Soccer Splits DH; JV's Earn 1st Win of the Season

The Flatbush Girls JV & Varsity Teams played a doubleheader on Tuesday night (4/2) with both squads playing high quality ball, but the teams came away with differing results as the JV’s won their first game of the season defeating the Bruriah Lightning 6-5 while the Varsity battled to a 9-2 loss at the hands of the Ramaz Rams at the Falcons Nest in Brooklyn, NY.

Jubilation! 

Falcons spotted the Lightning an early goal, then controlled most of the play in the opening quarter from that point. Esther Benjamin pulled Flatbush even with a little over half the quarter gone. Meanwhile, Barbara Salama had some strong saves and for help in front of her from Shoushou Ashkenazie and Gabby Weinwurzel. Bruriah caught Flatbush on a defensive player change with a minute to go, sneaking the ball just under Salama’s reach. At the quarter break, Bruriah led the Falcons, 2-1.

Flatbush again controlled the Val for most of the second quarter. And, again with just over half the period gone Flatbush scored, this time on a one-timer off the foot of Sophia Dweck. The game was again all even. Once again, though, the Falcons fell victim to a late quarter misplay. A defensive clear was blocked, leaving a Lightning attacker alone in front of the Flatbush net for an easy score. At the intermission, a one-goal lead still belonged to Bruriah, 3-2.

Flatbush attacked behind play from Naomi Dayan, Lillian Haddad and Esther Mizrachi, but Bruriah nearly scored in the first two minutes when a rebound off a great Salama save bounced into the Flatbush goal. But the officials waved it off ruling it was redirected off the shoulder of a Bruriah player. Two minutes later, Mizrachi knotted the game when she beat the Lightning keeper. Salama was completely focused and determined now, and made three fantastic saves to preserve the tie. After a full switch by Head Coach Edie Koslowe, Salama fed Benjamin on the wing who took two dribbles then drove home the ball, giving Flatbush its first lead of the night. The defense stayed strong and denied a number of Bruriah rushes. With one period to play, it was now Flatbush out in front by a goal, 4-3.

Salama was tall and quick in goal, and survived a collision with a Bruriah attacker in the first minute of the quarter. But over a 30 second span around the 7:30 mark, a pair of defensive lapses left Salama alone and the lead had swung back to the visiting Lightning. With under five minutes tonplay, it looked like the Falcons would get even, but great shots by Mizrachi and then Benjamin were denied. However, with three minutes left, Flatbush controlled a drop ball and Mizrachi drilled it into the back of the Bruriah net. It was all even! Salama made two more huge saves, and Flatbush kept attacking. With 30 second to play, the ball fell to Benjamin’s foot and she tees off, driving the ball into the upper left corner for the go ahead goal. The defense made it stand up,and as the clock reached 0:00, the Falcons spilled out onto the court, mobbing their keeper Salama and jumping in celebration. The Falcons had their first win of the season, by a final score of 6 to 5!

Julie Saadia opened the game with a pair of great saves, but two and a half minutes in she needed a miracle on the third shot and it did not happen. Ramaz has the early 1-0 lead. Raquel Keda got Flatbush on the board, but Ramaz tallied two more goals in the quarter. At the end of one, the Rams led 3-1.

Esther Hidary attacks 

Flatbush closed to within one a little over a minute into the second quarter when Esther Hidary took the ball on her foot, pivoted and drilled the ball past the Ramaz Keeper and into the far corner of the goal. Saadia made a great save on a ball headed just under the crossbar. Flatbush and Ramaz tried to play a control game, which they did well. Then, with three minutes left in the opening half the Rams attacker turned around a Falcon defender and got the ball into the Flatbush goal, reclaiming a two-goal lead. Hidary nearly got it back in the final seconds, but her shot went just wide. At the half, Ramaz led 4-2.

Betty Greenberg played solid defense and Flatbush got pressure from Hidary with balance from Claudine Hadef. However, it was Ramaz that scored after a ball initially saved by Saadia took a wild spin backwards and across the goal line. Hadef has two more chances, but the Ram keeper turned away her shots. Misplays by the Flatbush defense let Ramaz add three more goals. Mimi Sultan and Frieda Laniado nearly teamed up for a score, but could not drive it home. With one period left to play, the Rams led 8-2.

Flatbush looked to prolong the game, but with five minutes gone, Ramaz got one more goal. It gave them a 7-goal lead, ending the game. Ramaz won, 9-2.

NEST NOTES: The Varsity result put the Falcons record at 2-4 with two games left to play. They will need to win both to have any chance of advancing to the MYHSAL Playoffs.

The JV’s win was their first of the season, as the team continues to show steady improvement from game to game. They will look to make it two in a row on Thursday night when they travel to Paramus, NJ to take on Naaleh. Game time at the JCC of Paramus is 7:30 pm.

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