The Flatbush Middle Division Girls got their second season of competitive interscholastic soccer underway Monday night (3/26), and though they battled hard, they fell to the girls from Yeshiva Har Torah by a score of 10-4 at the YoF Elementary School Gym in Brooklyn, NY.
The Falcons return almost everyone from last year’s roster, but they are still a young squad, as the vast majority of the team is made up of Flatbush 7th Graders. The team also welcomed a new leader, with Head Coach Eva Betesh at the helm for her first game as the team’s coach.
The girls took the floor, and the game was underway. There were clearly some nerves for the Flatbush girls, as they got caught flatfooted in the opening minute, yielding a goal with just seconds off the clock. But they soon settled in, with Mosseri leading the attack, and Laniado settling into the net. Midway through the opening half, Har Torah knocked another goal through. That seemed to wake up the Flatbush offense, as the girls came alive, and began peppering the goal with shots. Shortly thereafter, Leah Burger got the Falcons on the board, making it a 2-1 game.
Har Torah got the goal back, but Flatbush was not done. Working hard on the offensive end, Joy Shayo took a pass from Sophia Jemal, split three defenders then beat the goalie for a second Falcon goal. With under two minutes left in the half, it looked like Faltbush got even when a restart kick sailed into the Har Torah goal, but after thinking on it, the referee ruled it had not been touched by another player before going in the goal, and the score was disallowed. Har Torah quickly re-took the momentum, scoring another goal seconds before intermission. At the half, Har Torah held a 4-2 lead.
The second half saw Flatbush continue to give a strong effort, with Coach Betesh continually rotating her players so that all had an opportunity to contribute. Har Torah would score 6 more times, while the Falcons got second half scores from Linda Gindi and Sophia Jemal. When the final buzzer sounded, Har Torah secured a 10-4 win.
nevertheless, Coach Betesh was please with the effort put forth by her young Falcons. “Up to this point, we have only played against ourselves,” noted the rookie coach. “A game setting is very different, and I am so proud of how the girls played, especially considering it was our first game.”