Wolverines sweep into semis with decisive 6-1 victory
By Andy Gross
The Bronx High School of Science’s girls varsity soccer team has advanced to the Public School Athletic League (PSAL) semi-finals after defeating Fort Hamilton High School 6-1 on Oct. 30.
Bronx Science improved to 16-1-1 as five different players scored goals in the Wolverines’ victory.
Seniors Catherine Foy and Sarah Feldman, a Riverdalian, anchored the Wolverines’ defense.
Bronx Science is ranked second in the tournament behind Beacon High School.
“Overall, I felt this was a solid game,” Bronx Science coach Annie Eckstein told her team. “We were prepared for this game and we did a good job at being focused at the task in hand.”
Eckstein cautioned her players against over-dribbling and taking quick shots rather than passing the ball and controlling the pace.
The defending city champions appear set for a rematch with top seeded Beacon (17-1) in the finals.
Bronx Science and Beacon split their two games this season with the Wolverines dropping Beacon from the unbeaten ranks Oct. 22 with a 2-0 victory.
But first, the Wolverines must get by Lab United Museum High School (LAB), which played the Wolverines to a 2-2 tie last month.
Lab is seeded 17th in the playoffs.
“This was a good team win, both on offense and defense,” Foy said after the victory. “I think of this match with Lab as a revenge game.”
The Wolverines scored four goals in the first half.
Just 1:17 into the first half, high-scoring junior Gianna Finz put Bronx Science on the board 1-0 on a goal assisted by sophomore Amanda Kahn.
About five minutes later, Finz, among the top goal scorers in the city, found senior Isabella Pecorari for the first of her two goals.
Pecorari struck again at the 16:57 mark on a 30-yard shot past Fort Hamilton’s goalie Rigopaula Nasopaulos, who was under pressure all afternoon.
Kahn scored with five minutes left in the half on an assist from freshman and Riverdalian Vida Mahergreene to make the score 4-0.
Bronx Science experienced a defensive lapse at the end of the half as Sama Eman beat goalie Jena Kolodny for Fort Hamilton’s lone tally.
The Wolverines maintained the pressure in the second half.
With about 15 minutes left in the match, senior Alexandra Scheman’s shot on goal was blocked. But she gathered the rebound and scored, giving Bronx Science a 5-1 lead. With a minute to go, Scheman found freshman Asha Varma for the final goal.
Beacon defeated Grand Street Campus 8-0 on Oct. 30 to advance. The team will face Tottenville High School on Tuesday, Nov.5 at Randall’s Island.