Bx Science kicks into playoff gear
By Andy Gross
After a disappointing performance last week, the Bronx Science Wolverines dominated Stuyvesant High School on Oct. 18 with a 3-0 win, improving their record to 12-1-1.
The Wolverines fought Lab Museum United to a 2-2 draw on Oct. 17.
The defending Bronx/Manhattan A1 girls varsity soccer champs scored all of their goals in the first half and limited Stuyvesant to just two shots on goal during the match at Randall’s Island.
The Wolverines played without their all-pupose senior Alexandra Scheman, as well as injured star Sydney Shulman.
Scheman, battling an injured left ankle, played about a third of the game against Stuyvesant, who could do little against the swarming Wolverine defense.
“We’re better with her in there,” Bronx Science coach Annie Eckstein, said of Scheman, who did not start against Stuyvesant. “We were definitely more energetic than we were against Lab.”
Stuyvesant dropped to 6-8-2.
Bronx Science is ranked second, trailing only undefeated Beacon High School. The two teams were scheduled to play Tuesday Oct. 22, at Williamsbridge Oval Field. The Beacon Blue Demons are 15-0 going into the final game of the regular season.
Ms. Eckstein praised her team for coming back strong, but reminded her players they needed to win their last game of the season to secure home field advantage in the playoffs.
Bronx Science scored its first goal at the 26-minute mark when sophomore Amanda Kahn beat Stuyvesant goalkeeper Sophia Gershon. Sophomore Lydia Wiener assisted on the goal.
The Woverines kept the pressure on as Sofia Vainesman found Gianna Finz who scored the first of her two goals with five minutes left in the half.
The same duo teamed up again as Finz, who is the second leading scorer in the Bronx/Manhattan A1 league with 20 goals on the season, scored again on a free kick just as the half ended.
Ms. Eckstein was able to rest some of her players in the second half as she worked some younger players into the mix notably freshman Asha Varma who impressed with her speed and nose for the ball.