Late Goal Dooms MD Boys Falcons

Late Goal Dooms MD Boys Falcons
Posted on 03/28/2019
Late Goal Dooms MD Boys Falcons

The Flatbush Middle Division Boys Soccer Team controlled the ball for most of the game on Thursday night (3/28), but the greater number of goals was recorded by the visiting Barkai Suns, and the Falcons fell by a final score of 6-4 to their crosstown rivals at the YoF Elementary School Gym in Brooklyn, NY.

 Aaron Vays

Flatbush established control of the court right from the outset, as the Falcons opened with strong defense anchored by a trio of Moshe Kopolovich saves. Then, with three and a half minutes gone, the ball popped loose for Aaron Vays who was all alone in front of the Barkai goal for perhaps his easiest goal all season, and Flatbush had the early 1-0 lead. The defense was big again, paced by Avi Gutman. And five minutes more into the game Ben Hymowitz doubled the Falcon lead. Flatbush controlled the pace of play, but with just under nine minutes left in the half, Barkai took advantage of a muffed clear attempt up the middle and cut the deficit in half. Less than two minutes later, with the momentum in hand, they scored again. The game was even, 2-2. Flatbush continued to control most of the play, but another defensive miscue left Barkai alone in front of the Flatbush goal to poke home a very juicy rebound. A last second Kopolovich save just before the buzzer kept it a one goal game. Flatbush had dominated play, but at the half the visiting Suns were in front of the Falcons, 3-2.

 Ben Hymowitz scores Hymowitz Scores
Avi Gutman defends

Flatbush had a great opportunity to get even right off the bat when Vays centered the ball for Ariel Eizenberg, but he could not get a strong enough leg on the ball. Josh Romano was now in the Falcon goal and made a few saves. Again, Flatbush carried the majority of play; again, a defensive miscue left Barkai an easy tap into an open Flatbush goal. Kopolovich was reinserted into the goal, and it woke up the Falcons. Shmuel Vulak elevated the ball, Vays sent it home off his head, and the score was now 4-3 Suns. Moments later it looked like Flatbush got even on another Vays strike, but the official ruled the ball did not fully cross the goal line. The game went back and forth for the next 5 minutes. Each team had scoring chances, and each defense came up with the stops. With 6:26 to play, there was a timeout with Barkai still holding a one-goal lead. Eizenberg lit up the scoreboard moments after he restart. The game was all even at 4-4 with just over 6 minutes to play. Flatbush had the momentum, but once again poor positioning cost the Falcons, and Barkai reclaimed the lead with a little over three minutes to play. With time running down, it looked like Flatbush would pull even, as the ball was deflected towards the lady corner of the Barkai goal. At the last possible moment, though, the Suns keeper reached out and with his fingertips redirected it just wide of the goal. Flatbush would get one final rush as Vays was tripped just outside the box with 30 seconds to play. Flatbush could not gat the ball home. Barkai added a final goal just before time expired. Final score, Barkai 6. Flatbush 4.

 Defense Eizenberg ties the game

"This was a very frustrating loss," shared Head Coach Yoav Fleishman afterwards. "We work on these situations at practice, but for some of the boys the focus is not what it needs to be during our practices. This is what happens as a result. I am confident that with a renewed focus during practice and in our upcoming games, we will get back in the win column."

 Coach Fleischman directs the Boys

NEST NOTES: The Boys MD Falcons will get a chance to do just that on Tuesday, April 2, when they host another Brooklyn rival in the YDE Thunder. Game time at the YoF Elementary School Gym is 6:00 pm.

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