Springfield Defeats Channel in the Final Minutes
Beach Channel boys’ soccer lost a heartbreaker 4-3 to Springfield Gardens on Tuesday, September 30. Entering the second half with a 2-0 lead, Channel’s defense collapsed as Springfield Gardens scored the match winner in the 82nd minute.
Led by the attacking play of junior Harry Flowers and sophomore Dwayne Messam, Channel’s offense rebounded from last Friday’s 5-0 loss to Van Buren. Playing with the wind in their favor, Channel struck twice in the first half. When the sides were switcens recovered and scored four goals to take all three points from the match.
"There was a lot of great play today unfortunately we just came up a bit short," said head coach Thomas Kazalski. Although disappointed, coach Kazalski remained optimistic on Channel’s chances of reaching the PSAL postseason. "We have a shot to make the playoffs, which we’ve never done before."
Beach Channel are now fourth out of seven in the Queens "B" South standings with two wins, two losses and a draw. Under the new PSAL rules, teams need only a .500 or better record to qualify for postseason play.
Playing a traditional 4-4-2 style of soccer, Kazalski is particularly impressed with the play of two of his young midfielders. "These guys are box-to-box players," referring to freshman Mauricio Benitez and sophomore Edwin Sanchez. "They’ve got the ability."
With the recent arrival of Nelson Akeel from England and new goalkeeper Gustavo "Gus" Gimenez, Kazalski thinks the team will improve as the season progresses. "A lot of the is new, with time they’ll be playing very well together."
Beach Channel will be looking to repeat their 6-0 thrashing against division rivals Far Rockaway on Wednesday, October 8 at 4 p.m. at Far Rockaway.