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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!