The Jericho Rockets season started with a blast in a 3 - 1 victory over Plainview Old-Bethpage Panthers.
This was a tremendous achievement for the Rockets who went winless in the spring. The key ingredient to the successful debut was the number of practices the girls committed to. In lieu of the annual Labor Day tournament, the team practiced consistently over the last few weeks. The decision to practice rather than enter into a tournament was suggested at a parents meeting at the end of the school year and it paid off.
Improvement was evident in all aspects of the game: passing, position playing and communication to name a few.
The goal scorers for the Rockets were Lauren Tiffen and Alison Kinzer who is a new addition to the team. Nicole Kapner had two assists.
The defense played an excellent game thwarting the numerous attacks and counterattacks that the Panthers attempted. Anchoring the defense was Shelby Bates who had a spectacular game. Also playing well on defense were Shelby Rudolph, Melissa Rudofsky, "Jordy" Diamond, Marrisa "get out of my way" Krauser and maybe the most improved player on the team, Reisa Feigenbaum.
The offense was also a strong point for the Rockets. After only scoring two goals last spring, the three goal total was a great effort. Assisting in that effort were Rachael Podbielak, Hillary Kessner, Shana Feibus, Nicole Wanderman, Lindsay Hamburg and Sam Perlstein. Sam's play was particularly effective coming off the bench.
After playing the first half of the game in the goal, Julie Avrutine made her debut in the field. Playing stopper she did an excellent job.
The Rockets were very proud of their achievements and well they should be. Congratulations girls!