The Port Washington Stingrays (girls U13) had an outstanding 3-1 victory over New Hyde Park. Maya Silbert scored an aggressive goal nine minutes into the game followed up by a world class left-footed kick on goal by Kendra Bigl that sailed past the NHP goalie only to be saved on the goal line by a NHP teammate. Then at exactly nine minutes into the second half Stingray Natalie Brilliant came down the left side of the field, shot and scored making the score 2-0. NHP then scored a lengthy penalty kick. Stingray goalie Caitlin Fitzpatrick, though injured in her effort to stop the goal, had a great game, saving two previous penalty kicks and numerous additional shots on goal. Sara Weiss finished the game, denying all NHP scoring opportunities. With five minutes left, Gabby Weiss scored the last goal of the game giving the Stingrays the 3-1 victory. Sammy Nick, Maggie Spreitzer, Alyson Marks and Angela Matinale all did an outstanding job on defense for the Stingrays. The Stingrays are enjoying a 2-0-0 season so far and have advanced to the quarterfinals of the Waldbaums Cup - their next round game is scheduled for April 28 at Harbor Links.
Kindergarten and pre-K intramurals started several weeks ago. The children and parents spend half the session playing such skills games as cops and robbers where one tries to take the ball away from the other, and Copy Cat, where one performs a skill then the other tries to copy it. Sometimes the kids are teaching the parents. All of the skills are taught by knowledgeable, patient Noga trainers. The second half of the session is spent in small field games of three or four children on a side so that all of them get many opportunities to kick the ball and practice their newly learned skills. Intramurals for other ages are also on-going with one day set aside for practice with a Noga trainer and games on the weekends, with somewhat larger teams and fields.