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Slow Start for Girls JV Soccer

Slow Start for Girls JV Soccer
Posted on 03/06/2019
Slow Start for Girls JV Soccer

The Flatbush Girls JV Soccer team opened the season with a tall order on Wednesday night (3/6), hosting the powerful Ma’ayanot Rapids, and though the Falcons got a flurry of late goals, the hosts dropped the opener by a final score of 12-3 to their New Jersey opponents at the Falcons Nest in Brooklyn, NY.

 pre game

It was tough going almost right from the start for the Girls JV Falcons. They started with a strong attack from forwards Rochelle Hafif and Lillian Haddad on the opening play, but a misplay on defense let the ball slide in for a Rapids goal a little over a minute in. Flatbush Keeper Barbara Salama came up with a number of nice saves, but the Rapids attack was well orchestrated and by the end of the first quarter, Ma’ayanot was out in the lead, 8-0.

 Barbara Salama

The Rapids added 3 more goals early in the second, and turned back the Flatbush attack all period. At the half, Ma’ayanot led 11-0.

 Defense

The second half saw a spark from the Falcons at both ends of the court, Salama recorded a number of saves at the start of the second half, including a diving stop to keep the score unchanged. And, she got strong defense from Sarah Sorscher and Betty Hidary. Virginia Oved had the best scoring chance for the Falcons to that point, but a great stop by the Rapids keeper denied Oved’s shot.

 Attack
Sarah Sorscher

At 4:27 on the clock, Flatbush finally solved the Ma’ayanot defense. Esther Mizrachi sent a centering pass into the crease which Esther F. Benjamin tucked into the corner of the goal. Benjamin looked to return the favor to Mizrachi a minute later, but she was denied by a great stop from Ma’ayanot’s goalie. No matter, though. On the next offensive rush, Mizrachi converted a beautiful Benjamin feed for the team’s second score. Flatbush kept the pressure on, and the two Esther’s paired up a third time with Benjamin sending a strike into the net for her second goal. Flatbush needed two more goals to keep the game going into a fourth quarter. But, it was Ma’ayanot that scored next, catching the Falcons out of position. The game ended at the end of the quarter via mercy rule with the Rapids on top by a score of 12-3.

goal! Mizrachi Scores 

It was a tough loss, but Head Coach Edie Koslowe was proud of the way her Falcons never got down and continued to push into the final minutes of the game. “This was a very good team we played tonight, a very tough match up. Our girls played hard, and though it was not the result we wanted, the girls came away with the knowledge that we can compete in our league, but we need to be physical from the start and need to stay with the game plan. It paid off towards the end. It was a good learning experience, one that I believe will help us as we progress through the season.”

 Team Picture

NEST NOTES: The Flatbush Girls JV will look to get that first win of the season on Sunday, March 10, when they travel to Paramus, NJ to take on another traditional MYHSAL soccer power in the Frisch Cougars. Game time is set for 1:00 pm.

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