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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Falcon's Nest Notes: Cleats On! Boys Soccer Debuts Outdoors at Flatbush

Freshman and Sophomore players demonstrate their skills in game play
Marking a first in Yeshivah of Flatbush Athletics, boys turned out in great numbers Wednesday night (9/10) to show off their soccer skills in hopes of being a part of the first-ever outdoor soccer team in the gloried athletic history of the Yeshivah.
The late time and the distant location did not deter over 70 hopeful boys who came out to Comer Field in the Sheepshead Bay section of Brooklyn to take part in the first day of tryouts for the new athletic team. Under the watchful eyes of new Head Coaches and faculty member Eli Amzalag, the boys stretched, warmed up and scrimmaged on the two field areas. First in teams of 11, then later in teams of 7 (to open up the field for wider play), the boys showed off their skills on the open space of the outdoor football pitch in the setting in which the game was originally intended to be played.
Coach Amzalag gives instruction to a group of Freshman and Sophomre players
At the end of the session, with the sun sinking low in the sky, the players gathered around the coaches for feedback and to learn that the next tryout sessions would split the squad over two days to better evaluate each and every individual, with 9th & 10th graders coming back the next Tuesday and 11th & 12th graders coming back the next Wednesday.
Matt Bukobza controls the ball
Reflecting on the overwhelming turnout, the new coaches were excited about the prospects for the program. The excitement was equally matched by the many students who came out. Varsity indoor stalwarts like Matt Bukobza, Ilay Fachima and Maor Laham relished to opportunity to take their games out of the gym, and their smiles while going through drills on the natural grass of Comer Field were infectious! The interest was high, the intensity great, and the task before the coaches is now daunting. By the end of the month, the rosters will be set for Flatbush’s first-ever outdoor soccer squads!

Nest Notes:
The Athletic Department is presently in the process of seeking opponents for the newly formed JV and Varsity Soccer teams. Pending the securing of a local field, the fall season will culminate in a three-team yeshiva soccer tournament to be hosted by Flatbush.