Flatbush got seven goals from seven different players to start the game, and rode solid defense throughout the evening in taking care of Ezra Academy, 16-0, on Thursday night (3/16) at the Falcons Nest in Brooklyn, NY.
With their previous game postponed due to the snowstorm that buried the Noretheast on Tuesday, the Falcons were itching to get back in action. And, less that 30 seconds in to the contest, it looked like FB had he first score of the game, but it was disallowed. But an Ezra penalty at the 12:30 mark was turned into goal by blast from the foot of Marvin Azrak. Two minutes later, a touch pass from Senior Rookie Sam Laniado was drilled into he back
of the net by Ohad Reichman for a 2-0 lead, and the Falcons were off and running. Another few minutes along, another Senior Rookie, Meyer Kassin, converted another another Laniado pass for Flatbush goal number 3.
Meanwhile, the defense was a wall, with Yossi Ojalvo keeping the Falcon defensive zone clear so that goalie Eddie Sabbagh was able to scoop up every other loose ball. At the other end, Flatbush continued to pepper the goal the rest of the period, and the effort yielded one more goal in the period when Brian Fuks hit from 25 feet out with 4 seconds left on the clock. After one period of play, Flatush held a commanding 4-0 lead.
Flatbush was right back at it again in period two, this time with Ronnie Menashe getting the scoring strike with 2:30 gone. Two minutes later, Yaron Sternberg put home his own rebound pushing the lead to 6-0. Two more minutes on, Laniado made it three goals in the period with his first career score as a Falcon footballer. With three minutes to play, Reichman became he first Falcon wih multiple goals on the night when he turned on a big bouncer and put it in the goal to give Flatbush an 8-0 lead. Kassin followed suit when a routine shot on goal was mishandled and trickled past the Eagle goalie for tally number 9. And, that was where things stood going into the intermission, 9-0 Falcons.
Like in the first half, Azrak opened the scoring in the second as well. Reichman followed with a score off a nice touch pass from Menashe to record the hat trick. Menashe then got one of his own on an assist from Kassin. Like a parade, Kassin then scored himself for a 13-0 lead. It was Kassin again at the 5 minute mark when he put back his own rebound after Sternberg found him in front of the goal. Reichman poked another one home, and then with the clock winding down on he period, Hymie Bildirici – who joined his teammates despite feeling heavily under the weather, got in on the scoring action notching the final goal of the game with 3 seconds to play to seal the 16-0 win.
The Falcons coaches were very please with the overall performace put forth by the boys. Noted Co-Head Coach Rabbi Yoni Skolnick, “Tonight’s ‘W’ was massively important for us because it came through implementing our game plan down to a ‘T.’ We were simply the hungrier team. Our players were first to every ball and didn’t give the opposition any time to breathe when they had possession. Ohad Reichman’s stylish finishing put the game out of Ezra’s reach and Yossi Ojalvo and Yaron Sternberg cut of every Ezra attack through their sheer determination to get to every ball first. Hyman Bildirici came off his sick bed to be with the team, and although he only felt strong enough to play for two minutes, he still managed to get a goal.” Coach Skolnick finished with the following observation: “Our guys could have taken the ‘W’ as a forfeit tonight due to the opposition’s very late arrival, but they chose to wait [out the one hour] and play, making the win more special.”
NEST NOTES: The victory puts the Flatbush Boys Varsity Soccer Team at 2-0 on the season. The Falcons have a week and a half to prepare for their next match, a tangle with rival Magen David on Monday, 3/27. It is the second game of a JV/Varsity doubleheader; JV is scheduled to start at 7:00 pm with the Varsity game to follow 10 minutes after its completion.