Yesterday I got a chance to see Briarcliff host Scarsdale in what turned out to be quite a game. Both teams had flashes of brilliances, but ended up playing to a 2-2 draw.
Check out my complete game story here.
Here are some other observations I took away from the game that didn’t make it into the story:
-Sam Kirsch is one of the scrappiest wingers I’ve ever seen. After successfully making a deep run down the right sideline that led to the Bears’ first goal, she continued to prove to be a problem for the Raiders’ defense. Kirsch seems to have a knack for getting behind defenses, something that will be important if the Bears hope to make a deep run in B this season.
Briarcliff Owen Scully on Kirsch:
“Sam has been phenomenal since the start of the season. She’s been doing this game in and game out. I’m very, very pleased. She’s coming back from a bit of an injury from last year and we’re getting her fitness up there. So for her to be able to be in and go through the overtime and still be strong is a wonderful thing.”
-Scarsdale’s Meera Dheer and Kristina Camaj have to be in consideration for one of the best one-two offensive punches in the section. Dheer has great vision and a fantastic first touch. She threaded a couple of balls through the Bears defense that were quite impressive. Camaj has the speed to get down the wing and put balls into the box. In addition to the Raiders’ first goal the duo teamed up on, Camaj found Dheer in front of the goal in the second overtime for what was probably the best opportunity either team had in extra time.
-Briarcliff goalie Sarah Goldstein, a first-team all-state pick in 2012, has been cleared by doctors to play. Scully said he would look to get Goldstein some practices under her belt before he thought about getting her back in the lineup. Sydney Wolin has also played very well in the net for the Bears thus far. Not the worst problem to have.
-I mentioned it in my story, but Camaj’s goal to tie the game at two was incredible. Definitely one of the nicest goals I’ll see all season. After she scored one of the Briarcliff parents sitting in front of me turned around and said, “Well, there’s not much you can do about that.”