2004-10-29 / Sports

Dolphins, Seahorses Advance In Soccer Playoffs

By Elio Velez

Eric Rengifo battles for the ball
Eric Rengifo battles for the ball Beach Channel was shocked at halftime against Banneker. The Warriors’ Papa Cisse scored on a tip in goal past goalkeeper Gustavo Gimenez with 13 seconds left in the first half to tie the game at 1.

The game was another test for a young Dolphins team that has responded and overcome many pressure situations this season to make the playoffs. In the second half, they used their speed and tight defense to lead the team to a 2-1 victory at home.

“In the first half, we weren’t prepared,” Beach Channel assistant coach Dominick Stanco said. “At halftime, the guys agreed that they didn’t want their season to end.”

Marlon Velasquez hits a corner kick.
Marlon Velasquez hits a corner kick. One of the players who stepped up his game was Eric Rengifo, who showed why he was the best all around player on the field. It was his goal late in the second half that gave the Dolphins to win. Though he received a yellow card for taking off his shirt as he celebrated, it was an example of how different the team looked after their malaise in the first half

“Eric didn’t have a good half but he got that goal and then we put our best player back on defense,” Stanco said. The Dolphins shutdown Banneker’s leading scorer Jaytorn Wisshe and Gimenez bounced back to make eight key saves. As of press time, Beach Channel will face Brandeis on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at Flushing Meadow Park. No matter where they play, Stanco said it is a great opportunity for his team to show the rest of the city that there is finally a viable soccer program at the school.

Banneker’s Jarrett Ford is surrounded by Beach Channel defenders.
Banneker’s Jarrett Ford is surrounded by Beach Channel defenders. “We know about ourselves. Beach Channel hasn’t had a successful soccer team so when people see us as the next opponent, they won’t give us the respect so we’re going to have to come out to play,” Stanco said.

Seahorses Shutout Robeson

Fourth seeded Far Rockaway advanced to the second round of the playoffs with a 3-0 home win over Paul Robeson. Kenneth Ibe scored two goals and Janhoi Allen added a goal for the Seahorses (10-5). Goalkeeper David Galan made five saves.

They advance to the second round in the “‘S’” Bracket of the PSAL B Division playoffs in which they face # 1 seed Grand Street Campus. The game will be played at Grand Street on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. The Wolves, who had a bye in the first round, finished 13-1 in the Brooklyn North B Division.

Seahorses head coach William Neylon reminded his team before the playoffs started on what they must do to win. “We need to be aggressive, get better passing and shoot more. We can’t be afraid to lose. That’s always my speech to them. That’s what we need to do to prevail.”

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