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Hapoel Soccer Springs into Action
By Jeff Seidel
March 20, 2008
Sports Correspondent

The Hapoel Soccer program began both their boys and girls programs last weekend. Both the boys and girls had players from kindergarten through sixth grade. The teams in these leagues will play on a regular basis throughout the spring.

For the boys, Maroon/Royal and Kelly/Black battled to a 1-1 tie in kindergarten/first grade action. Justin Galitzer scored the lone Maroon/Royal goal, and Jake Ely got the only Kelly/Black score in the season opener for both teams.

Kelly/Black pulled out a 3-1 victory over Maroon/Royal in the second-third grade division. Aaron Weiss led Kelly/Black with a goal and an assist for three points. Tani Levisohn and Bennett Bramson each got a goal, and David Levy helped with an assist. Elijah Zack scored the Maroon/Royal's only goal.

In the fourth-sixth grade division, Maroon/Royal scored a 2-1 decision over Kelly/Black on Sunday. Ben Shemony and Yonaton Abrams scored a goal apiece for the winners while William Rosenthal got the Kelly goal. Yoni Jaffe added an assist for Kelly/Black.

In the girls' kindergarten/first grade division, Maroon/Royal had little trouble in a 7-0 shutout of Kelly/Black. Ella Gantman led the way with four goals while teammate Rayna Armon scored three of her own in the season opener.

The Kelly/Black team edged Maroon/Royal, 4-3, in the second-third grade division game. Elyana Schwartz paced the winners with two goals. Nesiah Ely and Aliza Kotz both scored a goal apiece. Rebecca Levine scored two goals for Maroon/Royal, and Caroline Plum added the other one.

The fourth-sixth grade division also had a close game, with Maroon/Royal edging Kelly/Black, 1-0. Danielle Galitzer got the lone goal, with Emma Hofman adding an assist to help Maroon/Royal pull out the victory.

Also, for the very young children, soccer-cise began last weekend with exercises, drills and games designed to teach the kids about the sport.

The spring soccer season isn't as big as the fall since children often are doing other sports like lacrosse and baseball.

Hapoel also started a lacrosse program last weekend. It had an opening day of instruction where a number of boys fared nicely. The group of boys, from first through eighth grade, are working together at learning the fundamentals of the sport and should be ready to play some six-on-six competition in the next few weeks.

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