After losing 3-1 to Long Island City in a pivotal divisional match up on Oct. 19, the Forest Hills varsity girls soccer team bounced backed in a big way, toppling Newtown High School, 6-0, at home, as the team ended its regular season with a 10-1-1 record, good for second place in the Queens A-V division and a postseason berth.
Forest Hills spread the offensive wealth, as six different girls found the back of the net in the lopsided victory — Julia Svitsky, Martina Gamboa, Daniela Acevedo, Laura Mejia, Lina Dominguez and Jackelin Brito.
Svitsky scored the Rangers' first goal and registered two assists while leading the team on the pitch, and Gamboa chipped in with a tally of her own and two helpers, as well.
The Turning Point:
Forest Hills' second and third markers, scored minutes apart, sealed the victory early on for the team, as the Pioneers failed to mount an effective offensive attack against a stingy, relentless defense. The Rangers had clearly tightened up in the backfield after Tuesday's difficult loss.
"We played well today," coach Robert Sprance said. "We moved the ball well, and six different girls scored, so there was a lot of diversity. The first half the ball was moving well, and the goals were well-earned."
The Bottom Line:
The Rangers pressed hard from the onset, forcing winless Newtown to make several mistakes throughout the game. Although Forest Hills was never in jeopardy of losing, they refused to let up, adding two more tallies in the second half to finish off the opposition.
Each team had nine shot attempts on the day, a stat that defied Forest Hills' scoring domination. The Rangers converted two-thirds of their nine shots, while their goalkeepers stymied all nine Newtown attempts.
Forest Hills awaits its playoff seeding and first-round opponent, which the PSAL will announce Wednesday, Sprance said. But if you ask the veteran coach, he believes his squad played well enough to host its opening playoff match.
"It's very difficult with the seeding, because I don't know what (the PSAL officials) feel is important," he said. "I feel we should be in the top 12 at least, and hopefully we get a home game here, and then we go one (game) at a time. I think we earned a playoff home game, but again, it depends what's out there."
Goals: FH: Svitsky (4), Gamboa (12), Acevedo (1), Mejia (1), Dominguez (7), Brito (5)