By: Cameron Kemme
For the Murrow Magic girls soccer squad, they might’ve won the battle but then lost the war.
That’s because they won the first round of their PSAL high school playoff game to Manhattan High School for Science but then lost to the High School of Construction in the second round playoffs in late October.
“Our team has played extremely well this season,” said coach Larry Blatt. “I am very proud of the way they have worked together as a team and I have even higher hopes for next year.”
The Magic went undefeated all season until an unexpected loss to Brooklyn International on 10/18, putting them at 11 wins, 1 loss going into the playoffs.
The team pulled off a decisive 2-1 first-round victory over the Manhattan High School for Science and Math in a nail-biting overtime period.
The Magic were very dominant throughout the match as the team had 18 shots on goals, with leading scorer freshman Mani Weihe Salazar shooting half of those shots.
The game was scoreless after the 1st half. But in the second half, the Magic scored first on Salazar’s goal but couldn’t hold on to the lead as Manhattan High School for Science tied it up later on in the half.
The game-winner came in overtime from senior Emma Larose to keep the successful season alive.
However, when the team played the High School for Construction in the next round of the finals, they lost in a devastating penalty kick shootout 3 shots to 2.
Although a sizable portion of the team are graduating seniors, coach Blatt said he believes he will survive a move up to the Brooklyn A Division next year. In that division, the team will face teams such as Midwood and Madison.
“We are moving up next year to stronger teams in the Brooklyn A Division, and I think the Magic will hold their own,” said the coach.
The Magic may have breezed to the playoffs this season, but one thing is for sure – it won’t get any easier next season.