Hapoel Soccer

Hapoel playoffs kick off with tough games
By Jeff Seidel
November 19, 2009
Sports Correspondent

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The playoffs began in most of the Hapoel Soccer divisions last week, setting up championship games scheduled for this Sunday

The kindergarten-first grade division will feature Yellow and Silver in this weekend's grand final. Yellow won all four of its games in its part of the semifinal week tournament while Silver went 3-0-1 to take its side.

Yellow scored a pair of 1-0 victories over Purple. Yonoson Rappaport got the game-winning goal in the first game while Yaakov Robinson got the other deciding goal. Simon Goldberg added an assist.

After that, Yellow scored two more one-goal victories, this time beating Green 1-0 and 2-1. Robinson got the game-winner in the first game thanks to a Zvi Krestt assist. Robinson and Izzy Falk scored both goals in the second game. Benjamin Coplin got the Green goal.

Silver, meanwhile, scored two 1-0 victories over Red. Koby Goldschlag got the game-winner in both games. Ari Siegel added a Game 1 assist.

Silver went on to beat Blue, 2-0, thanks to two Eitan Berman goals. Siegel and Saadya Levitt added assists. The two teams then played to a scoreless tie.

Green and Yellow will meet in the second-third grade division final. Green blanked Blue twice, 2-0 and 1-0. Gavriel Yaakov Bernstein scored all of the goals while Benji Riffkin got both assists in the first game.

The second set of games saw Green and Silver play to a scoreless tie first. After that, Oren Eisenstadt got the game-winner in a 1-0 decision.

Yellow played Red to a pair of scoreless ties. But that came after victories of 1-0 and 2-0 over Purple. Noam Roth (goal) and Justin Galitzer (assist) helped in the first game. Galitzer and Samuel Glick got goals in the other one.

The Yellow and Purple teams will play in the fourth-fifth grade division final. Yellow battled through three scoreless ties (two versus Silver and one against Blue) before Ron Heifetz's goal gave it a 1-0 victory in the second match-up against Blue.

Purple had an easier time, scoring two 2-0 victories over Red. Elijah Zack and Reuben Winston each scored a goal in both games. The Purple team also played Green to a 1-1 tie as Zack (goal) and Winston (assist) helped out.

The final game was a 1-0 victory for Purple over Green.

The sixth grade-plus division's final will feature Red against Yellow. Red advanced with its 1-0 victory over Green. Noah Horn scored the goal, and Jonathan Galitzer got an assist.

Yellow moved on thanks to a 2-1 victory over Purple. Gil Melkin and Tani Makovsky each scored a goal in the win. Avram Warshawsky added an assist.

Adam Lombardo scored the Purple goal. Binyamin Edelstein got an assist.

On the girls' side, Red/Green beat Purple/Yellow, 5-3, in their kindergarten/second-grade match-up. Elliana Makovsky led with a hat trick. Michal Eizenstadt and Brianna Loshin added a goal apiece. Daniella Schwartz scored all three Purple/Yellow goals.

The third-fifth grade division featured semifinal victories from Yellow and Green, who will meet in the championship game this weekend.

Elyana Schwartz scored two goals, and Hannah Ashe added another for a 3-0 victory. Rachel Lipman's goal gave Green a 1-0 victory over Purple. Nesiah Ely got an assist.

The sixth grade and older division saw Green and Red move to the championship game thanks to shutout victories.

Green topped Yellow, 2-0. Tali Weiss scored both goals, and Kira Loshin had an assist. Eliana Tuchman scored the only goal in Red's 1-0 shutout of Purple.

 

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