Varsity Soccer Opens season with Quality Effort

Varsity Soccer Opens Season with Quality Effort
Posted on 02/21/2019
Varsity Soccer Opens Season with Quality Effort

The Flatbush Varsity Girls Soccer Team put a scare into traditional power SAR in their season opener Thursday night (2/21), but the valiant effort came up a little short as the Falcons fell to the Sting by a score of 5-3 at the Falcons Nest in Brooklyn, NY.

  Raquel Keda

The two varsity squads played even soccer for half of the opening period, with the Falcons getting strong defensive play from Jacqueline Mann and Betty Greenberg in front of first-time goalie Vivian Durzieh. Until, Flatbush defender Rachel Nahon made a defensive gaffe, using her arm to deflect a shot. SAR was awarded a penalty kick, which they converted for the first score of the game. Right after that, Nahon came up with a strong play on defense to make amends. And, Flatbush came up with a counterattack. Madeline Tawil got a few good looks, and made the third count, getting the Falcons on the board to even the score. Durzieh, filling in at goal, stepped her game up, recording three straight saves. Flatbush had a few more chances, with a strong attack from Esther Hidary, but they were unsuccessful. Nevertheless, the Falcons were staying with the favored Sting. At the end of the first quarter, the score was even, 1-1.

Betty Greenberg

Great saves marked the opening of the second quarter, with SAR first stopping a blast from Raquel Keda then Durzieh kicking away a solid strike from the Sting. It was SAR that scored next, though, with a close range shot to retake the lead five minutes in. Freida Laniado had a great look when a ball came lose in the SAR crease, but she could not get a solid foot on it. Then, with three minutes left in the half, Esti Vizgan struck a beautiful lead pass from the back line to free up Hidary. Hidary sent it home for her first goal of the season, and the game was even once again, 2-2. A late goal in the final minute gave the Sting the lead back, and at the half the score stood 3-2 in favor of SAR.


In the second half, Flatbush came out with fire, pressing the action. Defensively, Durzieh recorded some more big saves in the first 5 minutes of the half, including a stop with the ball just at the goal line! But, with 7 minutes left, the Falcons defense couldn’t clear, and SAR added to their total for a 4-2 lead. Flatbush proved resilient, though, as Durzieh came up with another amazing save, deflecting away a sure goal at the last moment and Hidary finding the back of the net after getting aide from Tawil and Ruthie Soffer. With one period to play, it was again a one-goal game, 4-3 Sting.

SAR gave the Falcons about three great looks to tie at the start of the 4th quarter, but a lazy dribbler got behind the Falcons defense and the Sting forward poked the ball home to reclaim the 2-goal cushion. The Flatbush front court tandem of Tawil and Hidary had 5 great scoring looks down the stretch, but could not get a break on any of them. Hidary and Keda had one final chance in the closing seconds, but it was not to be. Final score, 5-3 Sting.

 Hidary and Tawil

Afterwards, the Falcons swarmed the first-time keeper Durzieh, showering her with cheers for her efforts. Head Coach Edie Koslowe had similar praise for her entire squad. “Amazing job! Amazing! With some playing their first games ever and many of our regulars not available, they did such a great job. I could not be prouder!”


NEST NOTES: The Varsity Falcons will look to even their record when they return to the court for the second game of the season on Tuesday, March 5, when they travel to Ramaz. Game time at the Manhattan school is set for 8:00 pm.

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