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Abbreviated Rosters Not a Problem for Varsity Boys & Girls

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With all but one senior absent from the Flatbush Varsity Boys and an a number missing from the varsity Girls Soccer rosters on Wednesday night (4/5), the attending players were forced to log extended minutes on the court, but they showed no signs of fatigue as the Boys dispatched the Ezra Academy Eagles by a large margin at the Falcons Nest in Brooklyn, NY and the Girls won a low-scoring affair for a huge road win over the HANC Hurricanes in Hempstead, Long Island.

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The Flatbush boys got on the board early, the beneficiary of a Brian Fuks strike from close in. Fuks also tallied the second Falcon goal, this one off a beautiful Yaron Sternberg touch pass leading him right in on the Ezra goal. On the other end of the floor, Yossi Ojalvo made the defensive play of the period, cleaning up a loose ball late in the quarter as Flatbush goalkeeper Charel Zeitoune had committed to a sliding block which took him way out in front of the Flatbush goal.  His teammates then went with his clear and converted for their third score of the game. With under two minutes to play in the period, lone Senior Netanel Nemet picked up Falcon goal number 4 after slipping behind the Ezra defense to touch it home, and Fuks soon followed with number 5. Flatbush had a commanding 5-0 lead at the end of one quarter of play.

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After successfully defending against an indirect penalty kick at the outset of period two, Nemet turned smartly on a ball 18 feet out for his second score of the night. Moments later, Ohad Reichman got his first of the night on a great clearing pass from goalie Eddie Sabbagh.  A crossbar would later deny Ronnie Menashe, and though it didn’t count for anything but style, Reichman followed the rebound with header that went into the net – the basketball net!  It was then the defense’s turn to pitch in on offense as back line specialist Yossi Ojalvo, pulling extra duty with the abbreviated roster, scored from midcourt.  Flatbush got its ninth goal of a fantastic read by Sternberg to find Reichman on the wing who touched it home.  The rout was on! When the whistle finally sounded to end the half, FB held a dominating 11-0 lead.

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The level of play from the falcons continued into the second half, as the Falcons registered 5 more scores while yielding one lone goal.  The game ended via mercy rule as the whistle sounded to end the third period with Flatbush holding a 16-1 advantage.

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Meanwhile, out on the Island, the Flatbush Girls Varsity were playing a game that would have serious playoff implications.  Basically, the game was a “must win” if the Falcons hope to qualify for the the MYHSAL playoffs.  And. going into the contest with only 12 players would be a daunting task.

HANC was very aggressive all night, to say it mildly. But the Falcons really put their all into their effort, never quitting.  The brightest star on offense for Flatbush was attacker Brenda Tawil.  Tawil has played solid ball all season long, with little to show for it statistically.  That changed tonight as she recorded every single one of Flatbush’s three goals on the night!  And they would need every one of them.  Tawil received assistance on the attack from Esther Hidary and Sarah Sasson, but while Hidary had a number of great scoring chances, Tawil was the only Falcon who found the back of the net on this night.
With such a low scoring output, the falcons would need exceptional play from their defense, and they got it!  Co-Captain and reliable goalkeeper Renee Gindi played the game.of her season tonight. She was absolutely fantastic, stopping every shot she faced save but one. She frustrated the Hurricanes all night long as they just could not get anything past her, impressing both the game officials as well as the opposing coach.
Afterwards, head Coach Edie Koslowe had nothing but praise for her Junior Captain.  “Renee really was the star of the game tonight and really showed how talented she is. She demonstrated her leadership skills tonight by keeping her cool and staying calm during the game, and guiding and supporting her teammates throughout the game. She truly lived up to the title of Captain.”

NEST NOTES:  The Varsity boys now enter the Pesach break as owners of a 5-1 record and two games remaining to be played in the regular season.  They sit solidly in second place in the MYHSAL Eastern Division with contests with magen david and Ramaz remaining.  They will return to action immediately upon return to school after the Pesach Break when they host the Ramaz Rams on Thursday night, 4/20, at the Falcons Nest at 7:00 pm.

The Varsity Girls take a 4-1-1 record into the Pesach Break, and are sitting in third place in the Eastern Division of the MYHSAL with two games remaining on the season.  They can take a big step towards securing that desired playoff berth when they travel to Ramaz on Tuesday, 4/25, for a 7:30 game with the Rams.

CHAG SAMEACH, and GO FALCONS!

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