After losing their season opener, the BHYSC Blue Diamonds tightened up their defense and reinvigorated their offense and went on to finish out the season 7-1-1. The final win came in the Championship Game at Ponderosa Park in Scotch Plains on Saturday, June 19th.
The Blue Diamonds beat the Scotch Plains Fanwood Wildcats 1-0 in a tightly contested and exciting match. The lone goal was scored by Zoe Salazar at about one minute into the second half of play.
The win would not have been possible without the superb play of the defense. Anchored by Emma Miller and Maya Ruczynski, the defense was lights out. Emma and Maya received unwavering support by Sofia Henriques on the right and Emma Swope on the left. This foursome played the entirety of the game in 90 degree heat and were unbelievable.
Sophia Delmar, Catherine Huggins, Rachel Knuth, Anna Mastropasqua, Zoe Salazar and Elisabeth Walker – the midfielders - worked tirelessly to get the ball up to the attack.
The forwards played hard and showed up for their teammates. Up top on gameday were Dominique Carbone, Rowan Fluharty, Lucille Nieto and Ava Salazar and they all were a constant threat!
Two goalies shared the goal and got the shutout win – Zoe Salazar and Elisabeth Walker.
Notably absent from this game were Marissa Cagan, Mia Legiec and Mia Ulrich, who have been critical to the success this season.
Congratulations to the 2021 Blue Diamonds who showed heart and determination in their championship season. Your coaches, parents, family and friends are so proud of your success.
Thank you coaches Charlie Miller, Jaime Salazar and Laura Walker for their instruction and for a successful season.