Fall 2013-14 Season Wrap Up
by BFS Coaches
BOYS VARSITY SOCCER
2013 season was not an easy
one for the team. But all in all it was a very rewarding season. We
were a team that lacked in size and experience on the
field. Unfortunately for us, most of our opponents, doubled us in size
and showed their years of playing experience. But whatever we lacked
made up for by our effort and determination. After losing the first
three games of the season by significant margins the team came together
both game four and five of a very quick fifteen game season. Pulling
two back to back ties against the Garden School and Bay Ridge Prep,
scoring our first goals of the season. We found it very difficult to
any consistency going and it would’ve been a lot easier to quit but
they all stuck together. And this I am extremely proud of. We went on
to finish our season with four wins,
two ties and nine losses. There were some great individual
throughout the season that showed there’s a lot of potential and better
days to come. This group really did step up and should be extremely
proud of the overall season as the competed and gave their all. They
should keep their heads up and look forward to next season. Thanks to
our seniors, we wish them luck in their future endeavors. Blue Pride!!
GIRLS VARSITY SOCCER
The BFS Girls Varsity Soccer team finished the season as ISAL League & Playoff Champions and runners-up in the ACIS.
Even more staggering when you consider the team did not concede one single goal in ISAL league play. The team went undefeated in league play and were selected as the 10th seed in the NYSAIS Girls Soccer Tournament for the first time in the school’s history.
Newly established records were broken and the team continues to develop into one of the best independent girls soccer teams in New York State. MSG Varsity ranked BFS as high as #9 in NYC.
New player records:
- Halima M. scored 37 goals in 15 games to set a new record for most goals in a season.
- Aoife H. assisted 18 goals in 15 games to set a new record for most assists in a season
- Sophie A. kept 8 clean sheets as goalkeeper in 16 games to set a new record for least goals conceded in a season.
Impressive results against Packer (D,1-1), Saint Ann’s (W, 5-2), UNIS (D, 2-2) and Staten Island Academy (W, 3-1) ensured the team set the best record in a season 12-1-3. The only defeat came in post-season play versus Poly Prep in the NYSAIS tournament.
The team volunteered their time and cheers at the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer event in October. Wearing Pink t-shirts and showing Blue Pride, the girls demonstrated their amazing bond as a team developed over a number of seasons.
Senior captain Olivia P. was awarded the NSCAA Senior Excellence Award and capped her season with selection as an All-Star for the Independent Girls Soccer team in the 2013 NYC Mayor’s Cup.
2013 ISAL League & Playoff Champions. Undefeated.
10th Seed in NYSAIS Girls Soccer Tournament.
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MID: Olivia.P, Julia.G, Naya.C,
FWD: Aoife.H, Halima.M, Isabella.G, Niamh.H, Allie.P, Elinor.H
MS BOYS SOCCER
middle school boys soccer team had an outstanding season, winning seven
and drawing two of their twelve games played. It was a difficult start
to the season for the boys, as they came up against two very good
teams. Despite a spirited display against Friends Seminary in the
opening game, BFS were defeated 3-0. They put in a much improved
performance against Dwight but still were unable to record a victory.
However, Peter H. and Zain O. were amongst the goals in a 4-2 defeat.
This tough start inspired the team to turn things around, and they
followed this up with two excellent results to get the team into winning
ways. The first was a 7-1 victory over LREI school, with Peter H.
scoring five of the goals. Chris K. was also on the scoresheet, with
Ben B. providing multiple assists for the scorers. BFS followed this up
with another seven goal haul. This time Churchill were on the
receiving end of a masterful BFS performance. Ben B. became the 2nd BFS
player in as many games to score a hatrick. Emmanuel B-S. and Kwesi S.
were also on hand to open their goal scoring accounts for the season.
After two comprehensive victories, BFS came up against tough opposition
in the form of a well organized BWL team. This was the hardest-fought
game so far, with BFS taking the lead with only fifteen minutes left
through Ben B. At the other end, a superb defensive display from Owen
B. and Luca J. were keeping the opposition at bay. However, a last
minute equalizer from the penalty spot meant BFS were denied their third
straight win. Next up was tough game against Steiner, which BFS
narrowly lost 4-3. This, however, was a defining game in the BFS
season, as it turned out to be their final defeat. St. Ann’s provided
the opposition a few days later, and BFS produced an excellent display
to win 4-1. Miles B. scored his first goals of the season, with Matthew
R. giving an outstanding display in the heart of defense. Garden
school were comfortably swept aside 6-0, before BFS faced their biggest
and toughest test of the season against Packer. BFS saved their best
performance of the season for this day, as they recorded a 4-0 win.
Miles B. and Peter H. scored the goals, with Alex B. and Patrick D. both
producing outstanding displays in goal to keep a clean sheet in either
half. A 1-1 draw against Berkeley Carroll halted the run of successive
victories, although 2 further wins were to follow. Miles JP. scored 2
outstanding goals in a 7-1 win over UNIS, and a 4-1 victory over Avenues
was the perfect end to an excellent season.
MS GIRLS SOCCER
The BFS middle school soccer’s girls team exceeded
expectations throughout this years campaign. The girls team had a great turn
out of 15 players on the roster. The opening match couldn’t have gone any
better, with BFS winning against fellow Quaker School Friends Seminary 4-0 and seventh grader Devon O. achieving her first
hat trick of the season (BFS career). Unfortunately, BFS began to succumb to injuries on and off
the field. In result, BFS went on a three game skid losing to
UNIS for two consecutive games and Grace Church in the fourth match of the
season. Just as it seemed when BFS MS Girls were losing confidence, they
responded better then anyone could have expected. Thanks to the stellar defense from Marlo F., Anna P., Charice L., Fiona B., and Anna S., BFS did not suffer a
defeat for the remaining six games of the season. The first game after the last
defeat came against Avenues School. After much hard work on the training
ground, BFS really took advantage of the opportunity to showcase their teamwork
on the pitch. In the 7-2 win, assists and goals came from five different
players, Julia M., Issa R., Devon O., Sophia A., and Alydia W. In one of the
most exciting games of the season against Berkeley Carroll, BFS played an
awe-inspiring match. BFS were losing three to nil with twenty minutes left,
however, instead of the girls giving up, they picked their heads up and came
back to tie the game in the last minute. For the remainder of the season the
girls improved dramatically on all accounts. Teamwork was incredible and team
spirit was at an all time high. BFS ended with a perfect performance against a
very talented Berkeley Carroll, shutting them out 1-0. Scoring the thrilling
lone goal by eighth grader Issa R., in the last minute of play. That game and winning goal, gave BFS a
winning record in there first full season ever in BFS Middle School Girls history. The
future looks very promising and bright. This team should be very proud of
themselves and Coach Angel and Syd were very honored to work with them. Soccer
legend Pele once said, “Success is no accident, It is hard work, perseverance,
learning, studying, and sacrifice.” Blue Pride!!
GIRLS VARSITY VOLLEYBALL
volleyball team had great success
(The achievement of something desired,
planned, or attempted; any result or outcome, based on the ability to move on
with a learned lesson!)
each game and practice, whether we won or lost
role, took the action to improve, and gave her best effort
determination, and the ability to move on after each game
-We represented the school with great pride,
and always played for the love of the game!!
GIRLS JV VOLLEYBALL
JV Volleyball girls’ team had a standout season. Coming off of a previous record of 1-11, the girl’s
transitioned a complete 360 by being named ISAL’s playoff JV Volleyball
Playoff Champions. With a great turn out of an 16 player roster, seniority played a
major role in the success of this team. With team members such as Michelle L.,
Christeline V., Maya W., Ashley A., Anna F., Ruby P., Grace M., and Cecilia E. as role models, it took no time for
the newcomers to learn the ropes. One newcomer, in particular, made her presence
known with a very strong left handed serve, Ivy L. Although these
players played key roles on our team, it would not be complete without the consistent
attendance and efforts by improving players: Asha G., Anna L., , Anna L., Nathacha A., Hildi G., Naomi M., Tyler
R., and Alexia S. The improvements that these new players made will
be major components for the future of the program. With a constant reminder of playing
this game to have fun but with composure and resilience, the Panthers shocked a
lot of schools on their schedule this season, especially local rival Packer Collegiate. All these young
ladies quickly grasped the concept of Blue Pride and Friends Forever by
creating strong bonds amongst their teammates. The hard work and dedication
shown by these girls only shows the potential for whatever else this team has
in store for next season. The coaching staff is very proud of the growth demonstrated
by these young ladies both on and off the court. Thank you for a great season. BLUE PRIDE!!!
MS GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
Girls MS Volleyball Team had an amazing season. With 18 girls
committing and giving it their all we finished with a great record and had
some wonderful highlights throughout the season. There were many
achievements throughout the season as a team and as individuals. From
first time serves making it over the net during a game, to over hand
serving success, and most impressive 15 consecutive over hand serves.
Although most games were intense the girls matured as a team and stayed
cool under pressure. They proved that hard work, dedication and
teamwork will allow a team to flourish and succeed. The girls came with
various skills and motivation to improve. They made new friends and
reached personal goals, all while having fun and enjoying every
practice, game and support from family and friends. Go Panthers!
MS/US CROSS COUNTRY
This season the cross country team started with a small group of 4 runners and built it’s way up to a strong group of 10 runners. I had the pleasure of working with some of the most determined and passionate runners. Each and every runner was always ready to come to practice and willing to get better each and every time. I’ve seen improvements in every runner from our first timers to our most seasoned runner. Miles showed great leadership in recruiting athletes and leading by example with his 110% effort in cross country meets and practices. Giovanna showed great leadership and commitment to the team. She brought the team together for team bonding activities without the help of the coaches. Giovanna showed amazing improvement in race performance from her first race to her last. Maya amazed me with her love for running from day one. Her smile, enthusiasm and work ethic rubbed off on our newer MS and US girls cross country runners. Danny showed amazing energy and curiosity to get better and explore different running courses of Brooklyn. Danny had the chance to show off his hard work at 2 running meets in his first season out with the team even though he showed some hesitance. Danny truly shined on the cross country course and ran hard. Helen had an amazing season with her tenacity at every practice. I, coach Jane, had the chance to watch her grit her teeth and pass a competitor in the race with 400 meter to go when she was about 10 seconds behind. Helen improved with every race and has amazed the coaching staff with her running ability and her ability to recruit runners to join the cross country team as well. Jacob showed great commitment and willingness to come to every practice he could even though he other commitments. Kali, joined the team late in the season and showed her ability to compete with the top runners in the private schools. Kali always shows up and puts 110% effort into the workouts, and we are lucky to have her on our team. What was most exciting was the addition of Emmanuel and Asca who ran for our Brooklyn Friendly Flyers. They showed off what their experience with the Young Runners program can do in developing our MS and US cross country teams. Both runners are very talented. The addition of Theo, Alex, Adam, Zay, Marcellus, Maalik rounded out our cross country team. These runners worked hard at practice from the time they stepped off BFS Pearl street campus to the time they set foot at Cadman Plaza. The entire team, MS and US squads, paced each other in workouts, pushed each other to their highest potentials, and most of all became a tight group of friends. The coaching staff is really proud of the athletic growth and growth in maturity of the team!