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Game Highlights for Week of October 21st, 2013


On Monday the BFS Girls JV Volleyball team defeated Dwight 2-0 (25-21, 25-15) in the ISAL Semifinals at the Dwight Athletic Center.  They will now participate in the ISAL Finals on Wednesday versus Churchill at 4pm @ The Dwight Athletic Center.  

Having lost to Dwight in their home gym during the regular
season, the BFS players went into this match determined to bring their best
game.  BFS dominated both sets in the match, showing mental toughness, great court movement and
excellent teamwork.  Anna F. was our
leading server with seven aces.


The BFS MS Girls Volleyball team defeated Berkeley Carroll, 2-0 (25-15, 25-13) on the road.  The girls did an amazing job with consistently serving the ball and
defending the serve. They all were in unison, communicated and worked
hard to place the ball over the net where their was no opponent. As the
season moves forward the team is advancing and showing a the
understanding of the sport. 

The BFS MS Boys Soccer team tied Berkeley Carroll 1-1 in Prospect Park.  The team extended their unbeaten run to four
games, with a hard-fought tie.  The first
half was fiercely contested, as both teams tried to unlock a stubborn
defense intent on giving very little away.  BFS went closest through
Miles J-P whose shot clipped the top of the crossbar just before
halftime.  With the score 0-0 at halftime, BFS had now gone more than
two and a half hours of game play without conceding a goal, which reflects the hard
work of the team assisted by a well organized defense.  BFS were under
pressure for long periods of the second half. However, they managed to
breakthrough the Berkeley Carroll defense on 44th minute.  A clearance from Matthew R. found Ben B. in space.  His perfectly
weighted pass put Peter H. through on goal.  His first touch was sublime
and he produced a finish to match, and BFS were on course for another
win.  However, the lead was short lived as five minutes later the scores
were level.  With Berkeley Carroll looking for an equalizer, they piled
forward into the penalty area for a corner.  As the ball pin-balled
around in the area, it was finally bundled over the line to tie the score at one.  And that is how it finished. 
Overall, it was a fair scoreline, and BFS can be very proud of their
performance today, in their recent games.  Blue Pride!!

The BFS MS/US Cross Country team participated in an ISAL Championship Meet up at Van Cortlandt Park.  Unofficial Results: MS Helen L. 4th place and US Giovanna M. 4th place, Maya K. 6th place, Miles N. 10th place, and Jacob I. 25th Place. 

The Brooklyn Friends Cross Country team wrapped up a fine
season with a number of strong performances in the ISAL League Championships at
Van Cortlandt Park. Helen L. started the day with a fourth place finish in
the middle school race. Helen broke up a pack of FASNY runners which thwarted
their charge to post of a perfect team score. Her finish only one place off the
podium was a superb effort.  Helen gained comfort and control in each of her
races.  The season culminated with a deeper appreciation for running and greater
comprehension of her running talent.  The high school girls continued their fine season. Giovanna
M. and Maya K. finished fourth and seventh place respectively.  The two
young ladies demonstrated a focus which helped them maneuver through the deep
field of this Championship race. Their reliance on each other helped them
through a few challenging workouts and to success in the final meet of the
season.  Many miss the team aspect of running.  It is, however, impossible to
overlook the value of a teammate by one’s side during a five mile run. Giovanna
and Maya know and it has been a good experience.

On the other hand, Miles N. went at it alone this cross
country season. His other teammate Jacob I. missed all but the Championship
race because of illness.  Subsequently, Miles demonstrated great maturity as he
did the vast majority of his work without a training partner.  Undaunted, he
faced every challenge not only with a positive attitude but also with a
commitment to do his best.  This attitude paid off with an outstanding 10th
place finish in the ISAL Championship meet.  Such a high finish for a freshman
is remarkable.  This is only the start of a fine running career at Brooklyn
Friends for Miles.  He has been an inspiration to his teammates and the school.  Blue Pride Runs Deep, Friends Forever…


The BFS Girls Varsity Soccer team defeated York Prep 4-2 in the ISAL Semifinals down at Red Hook.  The score was 2-1 at halftime after two goals from freshman Halima M.  York Prep played extremely well forced our senior goalie Sophie A. into some good saves.  Two quick goals in the second half by BFS settled the close semifinal game.  Halima finished with a hat trick as she put in her 33 rd goal of the season and junior Aoife H. added a goal from distance for BFS.  The team will once again be playing in the ISAL Championship Game.  They will take on FASNY on Thursday at Randalls Island Field #84 at 4:00pm as they look to repeat as ISAL League & Playoff Champions.  Blue Pride!!

The BFS MS Girls Soccer team defeated LFNY 5-0 down at Red Hook.  It was a strong team performance.  On a windy overcast day the team put forth a strong performance.  It was a tough battle for the first 15 minutes of the
first half, but BFS eventually prevailed using there aggression, quickness and
teamwork. Seventh grader Devon O. led the panthers to their first goal in the 15th
minute.  Seven minutes later Sophia A. added to the score with a lovely
first time volley. Sophia and Devon went on to score one more goal
each, while Julia M. finished the game off late in the second half with her
first goal of the season to give BFS their third win of the
season.  Honorable mention and great performances by the BFS defense Anna P.,
Anna S., Fiona B. and Marlo F.


Panthers Rule the Court
 We are the Champions!!

On Wednesday the BFS JV Girls Volleyball team defeated Churchill 2-1 (25-18, 17-25, 25-22) in the city to win the ISAL League Championship.  The excitement was high during the three set match at
the Dwight Athletic Center.  The
team played beautiful volleyball in the first set, never giving up the lead and
winning 25 – 18.  In the second set
players lost their rhythm and focus, making many uncharacteristic errors.  This resulted in a 17 – 25 loss.  BFS led throughout the third and deciding
set.  Churchill put a lot of
pressure on the BFS players, but they responded with composure, ball control
and team play, winning with a three-point margin, 25 -22.  There were several points decided at the
net in our favor with BFS players Ashley A., Maya W., Christeline V. and Grace M.
playing excellent defense.  Ruby P.
led the team in kills, putting three untouchable spikes down on our opponent’s
court.  Ivy A. and Michelle L. were
our leading servers with eight and five aces respectively.  Blue Pride Deep Runs Deep!  Congratulations to all of the players
Nathacha A., Ashley A., Cecilia E., Anna F., Hildi G.,
Asha G., Jade H-P., Ivy L., Anna L., Michelle L., Naomi
M., Grace M., Patonya P., Ruby P., Tyler R., Alexia
S., Christeline V., Maya W. and our wonderful team manager Dalia


ISAL League and Playoff Champions!
Back 2 Back Champs!

On Thursday the BFS Girls Varsity Soccer team defeated FASNY 4-2 at Randalls Island.  BFS were crowned back-to-back ISAL League and
Playoff Champions with a 4-2 victory against FASNY.  Four goals from
Halima capped off a wonderful season where the Panthers went undefeated
on the season.  Leading 2-1 at the half, FASNY equalized to tie the
game 2-2 early in the 2nd.  In a finely balanced game, BFS stepped up a
gear in response and were not to be denied the win. Halima broke away to
get her hat-trick and left until the dying minutes of the game to score
a 30 yard strike at goal to wrap up the championship (and give her 71 career goals).  It was an amazing team performance as the NYSAIS tournament beckons.  Top ten in the city, oh

what a feeling…

The BFS MS Boys Soccer team defeated UNIS 7-1 down at Red Hook.  The team continued their excellent run of
results with a comfortable victory over their opponent.  In the 5th minute top
scorer Peter H. was back on the scoresheet after steering the ball past
the UNIS goalie, following a Chris K. through ball.  BFS were 2-0 up
after 10 minutes, thanks to Chris K. scoring directly from a corner.
 Some might suggest there was an element of luck contributing to the
dynamic midfielder’s goal, but it was enough to give BFS a well deserved
two goal cushion.  BFS found themselves 3-0 up in the 12th minute.  A
pinpoint accurate cross from Ben B. was headed in by the industrious
Miles J-P.  to put BFS in complete control.  BFS continued to push
forward, and Miles B. continued his excellent form by adding two goals,
before Peter H. grabbed his second of the game to give BFS a halftime
lead of 6-0.  In the second half, BFS played some very attractive
soccer, and Miles J-P. added to his earlier goal to make the score 7-0.
 UNIS battled hard and their efforts were rewarded with a late
consolation goal, but it did little to dampen the spirits of an
outstanding BFS team that has now gone five games unbeaten.    

The BFS MS Girls Soccer team tied UNIS 3-3 at Red Hook.  It was an exciting come from behind game.  You had to be there to feel the energy and see this historic comeback.  BFS found themselves down 3-0 at the half and the score remained that way until there was 15 minutes left in the game.  Devon O. scored the first one, followed by two goals from Julia M.  What a finish.  What another thrilling match!!  The team played a magnificent game
against their toughest opponent of the season on  a very chilly afternoon.  For the first twenty minutes of the match BFS held there
own until UNIS scored back to back goals ten minutes before the half
ended to take a 2-0 lead.  When the second half began  BFS walked onto
the field with a renewed confidence and battled back, putting pressure
on the UNIS defense.  Unfortunately, UNIS broke through on the counter
attack to score a third goal in the 35th minute.  Instead of giving up,
BFS persevered and kept fighting until the final whistle and broke
through in the 40th minute on a breakaway goal by Devon O., assisted by
Julia M., making the score 3-1.  Six minutes later Devon received a pass from
Fiona B. down the line and Devon dribbled down the wing then she cut inside
to squeeze past the defense for her second goal of the match.  In the
50th minute UNIS conceded a corner kick allowing BFS to center in a
perfect cross into the six yard line which panicked UNIS and resulted in
an own goal giving BFS a thrilling come from behind tie.  However, UNIS were very fortunate
because BFS had several chances to score a winning goal.  Nevertheless,
what an inspiring comeback that should stand out all time in BFS MS Girls Soccer history. Go blue pride!!

The BFS MS Girls Volleyball team defeated Friends Seminary 2-1 (19-25, 25-7, 16-14) in the upper gym.  The team go off to a slow start but regrouped and re-focused to pick things up and finish strong.  We
came back from being down 7-17 and got within 6 points in the first
match.  All the girls played great defense and called out for the ball.  Although we fell short and lost the first set, but took the re-focused play into the second set
and were able to come out strong and play an all around game. We quickly took a lead with Maxine S. serving 15 in a row to win us the second set.  In the third set the team
came out and once again had a slow start, but then defended the ball, played three touches, and played team ball.  Back and forth
things went, a great volley at the end helped BFS to win the game by 2 points.  Overall all the girls are
learning, having fun, and improving each day.  And that is all we can ask.  We took a victory with much
BFS Blue Pride over our fellow Quaker School! 


On Saturday the
BFS Girls Varsity Volleyball team defeated St. Ann’s 3-1 (25-23, 27-25,
25-27, 25-19) in a very exciting match in front of a packed crowd in the upper gym.  This exciting semifinals match up versus St. Ann’s showed how far we’ve come mentally.  The girls showed great determination, staying focus even
when we were under pressure.  We
ended up winning in four epic sets, each one better than the next.  You could really feel the energy and the tension in the gym.  This was one of the most exciting matches of the season.  In the first three sets
both teams competed very hard, the action was intense, and each win came by 2
points.  During the fourth
set BFS took the lead for good, controlling the pace of the game to win
6 points.  Overall it was a wonderful learning
experience and a great day for the BFS girls volleyball program.  The girls really
understand that they control their own destiny; when we keep the ball in
play, and communicate, we can compete with anyone!  Blue Pride Runs Deep, Friends Forever…  See you at the Championship Game  Monday at St. Francis College 5:00pm.