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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Season of tackles, kicks and goals winds down for girls

By Felix Holoszyc-Pimentel
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Jika González/The Riverdale Press
Isabella Tusha, 12, of team Agent Orange, and Jisselle Mayi, 13, of the Blueberries, during girls’ soccer playoffs. This match ended in a 0-0 tie.

While soccer fans throughout the world are enthusiastically following the World Cup in Brazil, there was some local excitement on Sunday as the Riverdale Soccer Club’s Girls League concluded its season.  The spring league, which used to play its games in Van Cortlandt Park, has played at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School for the last three years, ever since the school lent its facilities to the club after it was displaced by the Parade Ground construction in Van Cortlandt Park.  

The Girls’ League has three age divisions.  The youngest group, with girls ages 8 and 9, and the oldest group, with girls ages 12 to 14, finished their regular season the previous week and competed in round robin tournaments.   The Middle Division, ages 10 and 11, played their final games of the season on Sunday to determine the champion. 

In the Younger Division, the Burgundy Bombers finished the season in first, with a record of 8-0-1.  They also won Sunday’s tournament, winning all three of their games and capping a near-perfect season.

In the Middle Division, the Lime Electrichauns and the Red Devils shared the winning title with a 6-2-2 record.  

The Older Division’s season ended with a three-way tie for first place between the Blueberries and Silver Shadows, both with records of 4-2-3, and the Ravens, with a record of 3-1-5.  Each team had 11 points for the season, based on two points for a win and one for a tie.

The older division tournament allowed a final opportunity for one team to come out on top.  It consisted of six games, with each team playing the other three teams once.  Each game was only fifteen minutes long, with no break at halftime, but just an opportunity for the teams to quickly switch sides of the field. The first game, between Agent Orange and the Blueberries, and the second game between the Silver Shadows and the Ravens, both ended in 0-0 ties.  

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