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Brooklyn Friends School’s Matthews reaches century mark

October 22, 2014 By John Torenli, Sports Editor Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Sophomore Halima Matthews, shown here with head girls’ soccer coach Gary Lawson, reached the 100-goal mark in only her third varsity season as Brooklyn Friends advanced to Thursday’s ISAL Championship Game for the third straight year. Photo courtesy of BFS Athletics

Sophomore Striker’s 100th Career Goal Lifts Pride Into ISAL Final

Halima Matthews, the most prolific goal scorer in the history of Brooklyn Friends School soccer, tallied four times, including the 100th of her career, Tuesday as the Blue Pride marched into the ISAL Championship Game for a third straight year with a 4-1 victory over LREI. 

Matthews, who was assisted by gifted eighth-grader Devon Olive on each of her goals, cracked the century mark with the game’s opening score, putting BFS on top to stay as she hit the back of the net three times before the contest was five minutes old.

Matthews’ fourth goal, which came in the second half, was her 32nd of the season, giving her three straight years at the Pearl Street school with at least 30 goals.

In only 44 career games at BFS, Matthews has emerged as one of the best players in the entire region, amassing an eye-popping 103 goals and 29 assists while leading the Blue Pride to several league titles and a bid to the state championships. 

Olive, who like Matthews is getting an early start on her varsity career, has 20 goals this year while establishing a school single-season record with 19 assists. 

BFS will meet FASNY (The French American School from Westchester, N.Y.) at Randall’s Island on Thursday at 4 p.m. for the ISAL crown.

Last year, the Pride beat FASNY, 4-2, for the title, but lost the regular-season rematch, 1-0, on Sept. 22.