The Flatbush Middle Division Soccer teams dropped both ends of a Girls/Boys doubleheader with visiting Yeshiva of Central Queens on Tuesday evening (5/9), but along the way it was clear that the teams are continuing to improve their level of play with their overall performances at the Elementary School Gym in Brooklyn, NY.
The MD Girls came in having faced the top team in the League for their first two games, and it was a little disheartening as the team from RYNJ was not only older, but significantly more experienced, and that showed in the end results of both contests. Nevertheless, the games served as great learning experiences for the young Falcons, and they clearly learned much from those two losses.
Against YCQ, it was clear that Flatbush was beginning to come together as a team. the final score of 10-4 showed that these Falcons came to play. Over the course of the contest, the Falcons found offensive leaders in Linda Gindi and Maya Garfinkel. Gindi recorded two goals for Flatbush with Garfinkel providing the assists. They were aided along the way by Leah Cohen and Jamie Shammah, each playing aggressive soccer and scoring for the Falcons.
Defensively, goalkeeper Joyce Ftiha came up with some amazing blocks in her efforts to keep the Falcons in scoring distance throughout the evening. The defense in fromt of her was anchored by Talya Shamoelian and Barbara Dwek who worked hard to help keep the score close for a long stretch. The performance of the team showed that they are learning, and their first win is waiting just around the corner!
The MD Boys took the floor next, coming off their season opening win at SSSQ and looking to build on that performance. From the outset, it was a defensive contest with YCQ. Jack Levy was a wall in goal, blocking several very hard shots. Along with the efforts of Jonathan Guy, the two anchored a defense that yielded only two goals all game. Offensively, Flatbush was led by Aaron Vays and Jacob Ruben. Vays had a number of shots that just went wide, and Ruben did get one in the YCQ net for the Falcons. Unfortunately, it was the only score for Flatbush, and though the Falcons played a very solid game all evening, they could not get another score and fell by a final of 2-1.
Afterwards, though disappointed with the final scores, both coaches were very pleased with their respective team’s overall performances. “The girls are really starting to come together,” remarked MD Girls Assistant Coach Rachel Wortman. “They are beginning to understand game strategy and are applying the skills we stress in practice. If they keep on this path, I am confident good things will happen.” MD Boys Head Coach was equally excited about his team’s prospects for the remainder of the season. “The boys really impressed me tonight. They are working hard and the defense is really improving. I am really excited about the season!”
NEST NOTES: The MD Girls and Boys are back in action on Thursday, 5/11, when they host HALB in a Girls/Boys doubleheader at the Flatbush Elementary School Gym. The Girls kick off at 6:30 pm, with the Boys to follow at approximately 7;45 pm.