The Flatbush Girls Soccer Teams ran into an immovable object on Monday night (4/9), dropping both ends of a JV/Varsity doubleheader via large margins at the Falcons Nest in Brooklyn, NY.
Flatbush’s JV Girls opened the night’s contests, and spotted the Stars two quick goals right off the bat. The Falcons then proceeded to play nearly all of the opening period in their own defensive zone. Flatbush got three good scoring chances from Alice Franco and another from Diane Azrak , but they all came up empty. After one quarter, North Shore led, 5-0.
The defense was much sharper in the second period, keyed by Naomi Dayan and Vera Durzie. Additionally, Barbara Salama cleaned up everything that came near her goal area. Offensively, Lynn Pichotto put pressure on the Stars goal. But it was North Shore that got the next score, at the 4:30 mark, for a 6-0 lead. Flatbush finally got on the board when Danielle Tawil scored a little over a minute later on a blast from mid court. At the half, the score was 7-1, in favor of North Shore.
By the middle of the third quarter, North Shore had added two more goals to their lead. The front court tandem of Tawil and Azrak nearly scored twice. But, they came away with nothing. Flatbush could not close the gap, and with a nine goal differential at the end of the third quarter, the game was now official. Final score: North Shore 10, Flatbush 1.
The Varsity stepped out next, hoping for a better result. Falcon Goalkeeper Julie Saadia opened the game with a beautiful save, and Esther Hidary got good pressure on the North Shore goal. But a defensive lapse let the Stars get a close in shot that Saadia could not save, and the Stars had the early 1-0 lead. North Shore would score two more times, both on defensive miscommunications. Regina Saada had a quality scoring chance but came away empty. After one quarter, it was 3-0 North Shore.
Saadia again opened with an amazing save, but the Stars got another two quick goals when they had point blank looks after defensive miscues. Flatbush had its best chances late in the period. With two minutes to play, Saada nearly bounced one past the Stars keeper, but she somehow managed to keep it in front of her. A minute later Brenda Tawil was on the doorstep but pushed the ball just within the keepers reach, and the Falcons were again denied. At the intermission, the score was 7-0 in favor of the visiting Stars.
The second half saw Renee Gindi take a turn in goal, hoping to spark the Falcons offense, but North Shore quickly added to their total moments into the restart of play. Nava Saad and Ruthie Soffer got pressure on the Stars goal, but they could not solve the visiting keeper either. After another North Shore score, Flatbush again looked to get on he board with a pretty feed from Hidary to Saada, who was again denied. At the 4:14 mark, Flatbush finally got one home, with Saada returning the favor of an assisting pass and Hidary driving the ball into the back of the North Shore net. But it was just not nearly enough. With the goal differential greater than seven at the end of the third period, the game was now in the books, a 9-1 victory to the visiting North Shore Stars.
NEST NOTES: the Varsity Girls now have about a week to work out the kinks and get back on the winning track. They will return to action when they travel to Uniondale, Long Island and a match up with the HANC Hurricanes. Game time on Tuesday, April 17, is 7:15 pm.
The JV Girls will have more time to clean up their game in practice, as they do not play again until Tuesday, April 24. They will take on Central in the opening game of another JV/Varsity doubleheader. Game time is set for 7:15 pm at the Queens, NY school.