The Flatbush Middle Division Soccer Teams returned to action this week, with the Boys securing their first victory of the season on Monday (4/9) with a 4-3 win over rival Barkai and the Girls showing improved play in a close loss on Tuesday (4/10) to North Shore. Both games were hosted by Flatbush in the YoF Elementary School Gym in Brooklyn, NY.
The Boys wasted no time in getting the season restarted, taking on Barkai the first evening back from Pesach Break. It was a close battle, with the final score a one-goal differential. Flatbush benefited from outstanding play in goal from Keeper Joshua Romano, who made several big saves over the course of the contest. Offensively, Flatbush’s Aaron Vays was nothing short of impressive, accounting for all 4 of the teams’ goals! Supporting the efforts of Romano and Vays, the Falcon Coaches Andrew Sternberg and Yoav Fleischman got great play from Moshe Scaba, Mayer Chemtob, Ben Hymowitz David Guy and Eitan Yehoshua. Their energy and hustle helped secure the 4-3 victory, the teams’ first of the 2018 season!
The next night, it was the girls’ turn. It was a slow start for the Falcons, who took time to settle in, and in the first few minutes of play yielded a pair of goals to the visiting North Shore Lions. Laura Heskiel then settled into her role as the starting goalie, coming up with a few saves to keep the deficit at two. Midway through the first half, Head Coach Eva Betesh inserted Sarah Laniado in goal, and she denied the Lions for the remainder of the half. Meanwhile, Flatbush got offensive pressure on the North Shore goal from Sophia Jemal and Jamie Shamah, but could not get the ball past their goalie. At the half, North Shore led, 2-0.
The second half saw Heskiel back in goal, giving Laniado some time out on the court. Laniado almost came up with a goal for Flatbush, but it was the Lions that scored next, taking a 3-0 lead. Midway through, Laniado was back in goal, and with solid defensive play from Robyn Beyda and Joy Shayo, Flatbush denied North Shore the rest of the way – with Laniado coming up with a pair of fantastic back-to-back saves in the final moments of the game. Offensively, the Falcons finall got on the board when Jennifer Mosseri’s efforts were rewarded late in the second half. With assistance from Linda Gindi, Mosseri drove the ball deep into the North Shore goal. Mosseri and her teammates continued to keep the pressure on, but it would be the only goal of the night for the Falcons. When the final buzzer sounded, the final score was 3-1 in favor of the visiting Lions.
Afterwards, Coach Betesh had nothing but praise for the efforts of her young Falcons. “The girls are really coming together as a team,” she pointed out. “While the final score was not in our favor tonight, I really love the way the girls are playing the game, supporting each other and continuing to play hard – as a team. I know if they keep building on the positives, that first win is coming soon!”
NEST NOTES: The Girls Middle Division Falcons will have that opportunity very soon, as they return to action on Thursday, April 12, when they will look to get in the win column with a win over visiting HAFTR. Game time at the ES Gymnasium is 6:15 pm.
The Boys will look to make it two in a row when they travel just down the road a stretch on Wednesday night, April 11, for a game with the Magen David Warriors. Game time at the MacDonald Avenue school is 7:00 pm.