The Farmingdale Flames, an under-12-years-old girls soccer team that is part of Farmingdale Wolverine Soccer, has opened up their season with three straight victories.
After defeating the Floral Park Kuchinas at home in week 1 by a score of 2-1, the girls went on the road for their next two games. They traveled to New Hyde Park on Saturday, Sept. 25 to face the Lady Cougars. After falling behind 1-0, the Flames fought back, scoring three unanswered goals, gaining a decisive 4-2 victory.
The third contest of the season had the Farmingdale girls traveling to Berner Junior High School to face the tough Massapequa Magic on Saturday Oct. 2. Once again, the girls had to fight from behind to come out with a victory. This time the deficit was even greater, as the Flames fell behind by a score of 2-0 with five minutes to play in the first half. However, less than a minute after Massapequa scored their second goal, the Farmingdale team came racing down the field to score off a cross from the left wing. The Flames came out very aggressively in the second half and were able to tie the score at the 40-minute mark of the 60-minute contest, off a cross from the right wing to the middle of the goal box. While the two teams fought back and forth, each missed opportunities to take the lead. The Farmingdale team was the first to put the ball in the net to take a 3-2 advantage with 10 minutes left in the game. Although the Massapequa team struggled to gain a tie, they were visibly drained after losing a 2 goal, first half advantage, to find themselves behind. The Flames did not let up during the closing minutes of the match; in fact they controlled the play, not allowing the opposing team the opportunity to gain a possession for a substitution.
The forwards, Ally Mulcahy, Ali Lauterborn, Stacey Mcpartland and Jill D'Andrea, have played aggressive soccer throughout the first third of the season, winning loose balls and putting the ball in the net. Halfbacks Laura Neuburger, Kim Miller, Amanda Gerome, Linda Switach, Jessica Carvo and Courtney Cullen have continually won the midfield battles which often determine the outcome of a contest. The defense of Nicole Juray, Tara Bernot, Ashley Valente, Corrine Burtis, Michele Maier and goalie Katie Lyons, have been stellar in not only turning away the other team's offense attempts, but also in keeping the ball deep in the opponent's end of the field with heads up play and aggressiveness. Unable to play during the last two games is Nicole Cadena, who is out with a knee injury.