By: Cameron Kemme
After the Murrow Magic Girls Varsity soccer team scored an impressive 11-0 victory over Benjamin Banneker Academy last Thursday afternoon, it guaranteed the team a spot in the playoffs and home-field advantage in the first round.
Murrow Magic has won all but 1 game played so far this season, and coach Mr. Larry Blatt believes they can keep the streak alive in the playoffs, which begins tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. at John Dewey H.S against Manhattan Center for Math and Science.
“Our team has played extremely well this season and I am very proud of the way they have worked together as team,” said coach Blatt.
This season’s record is taken stark contrast to the team’s inaugural season which only had 5 wins in the PSAL Developmental League.
“Our varsity team started off slow last year,” Mr. Blatt said. “I had to learn everyone’s face, playset and abilities.”
But now, with the varsity soccer team guaranteed a spot in the first playoff game of the season, coach Blatt struck a hopeful, yet seemingly cautious tone in regards to the potential of the team.
“I don’t know the teams in the other boroughs, but I know we are the best in Brooklyn,” the coach said. “I think we will do well [in the playoffs].”
But for Danea Henry, a high school junior on the varsity team, home field advantage just guarantees a game in Brooklyn.
“We have to travel around Brooklyn for every game,” said the midfielder. “Transportation [to the games] is a pain. Public transportation is very slow to far away home and away games alike.”
Coach Blatt was quick to clarify that Murrow never had and will not have a home field in the near future.
“The students get out early from school to go these games, even if the field wasn’t under construction,” he said. “It’s still Midwood (High School’s) field, we seldom used it for games even when it was functional.
As for tomorrow’s match against Manhattan Center (8-5-1), Mr. Blatt said he expects a close well- played game. Manhattan Center finished fourth in the Manhattan B-IV Division but did average 4 goals per game but defensively gave two.
On the other hand, the Magic, who were the champions of the Brooklyn B-VI Division, averaged more than 8 goals per game while allowing less than one.
The Magic’s leading scorer is freshman forward Imani Weihe Salazar who was second in the entire city with 102 points in 11 games. Salazar also scored 46 goals.