Soccer Seniors Finish Careers on a High Note

Soccer Seniors Finish Careers on a High Note
Posted on 05/06/2019
Soccer Seniors Finish Careers on a High Note

The Flatbush Girls Varsity Soccer Team closed out the 2019 season - and the Seniors' Falcon careers - with a big win on Monday night (5/6), erasing a 3-goal deficit to defeat the visiting Wildcats from the Westchester Hebrew High School by a score of 6-4 at the Falcons Nest in Brooklyn, NY.


It is always a game filled with mixed emotions when a season comes to its ultimate game, but the Flatbush Varsity girls were determined to go out with a final hurrah. But, it looked like that might not be the case early in the evening. Though the defense was in place and the offense looked to be in control of the play, it was the Wildcats who got the first goal, sneaking behind the defense to beat Senior Keeper Julie Saadia. Flatbush settled down, but could not coordinate a stronog attack, and at the end of the first period, Westchester held a 1-0 advantage.


The the Falcons would get on the board in the second quarter on an Esther Hidary score, things got worse for the home squad as the Wildcats added three more scores in the quarter, and by intermission the visitors held a commanding 4-1 lead.

Esther Hidary attacks 

Head Coach Edie Koslowe would not let her troops go quietly, and lit a fire under her Falcons during halftime. The Flatbush girls came out with renewed energy and it paid off. The third quarter proved pivotal. The Falcons defense - keyed by Seniors Betty Greenberg, Vivian Durzieh, Jacquelyn Mann and Linda Benun - shut down the Westchester attack. And, anything that the defense could not turn away, Saddia insured would not enter the goal. Meanwhile, the offense found its rhythm, with a pair of goals registered by Claudine Hadef and Esther Hidary. Hidary's last - her third of the game - came on a penalty kick in the final minute of the quarter which gave Flatbush its first lead of the game at 5-4.

 Betty Greenberg defends Claudine Hadef scores

The fourth quarter saw the falcons shut the door on Westchester. The defense denied every attempt from their guests to get back on the board. And, Senior Ruthie Soffer sealed the win by scoring the only goal of the final quarter. The two goal lead proved insurmountable. The final buzzer sounded, and the Falcons rushed the court in celebration. The Seniors would go out in style, with a hard-earned 6-4 win!

Ruthie Soffer Raquel Keda with the ball
Linda Benun

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