Dolphins, Seahorses Lose In Playoffs
The Seahorses’ defensive lapse in their own zone however cost them in overtime when Luis Marin headed in a corner kick by Carlos Lazo to help Grand Street Campus win 1-0 and advance to the third round of the playoffs against Brandeis.
“I couldn’t see clearly but my goalkeeper told me that we didn’t have a player on the far post,” Far Rockaway head coach William Neylon said. “The corner came over and the man was open and he put it in.”
It was a shocking way to end a game in which the Seahorses outperformed the 13-1 Brooklyn North division champions on both ends of the field. The Seahorses’ Edwin Hernandez led a defense that shutdown high scoring Grand Street forwards Arturo Hernanez and Victor Chaca.
“We had lots of opportunities. I thought we were really the better of the two teams,” says Neylon. We played a more dominant and more aggressive game the whole time.”
“Edwin is phenomenal. We wouldn’t have made it this far without him. We realized that the foundation of our team is defense and our philosophy is that the defense starts our offense.”
The offense could not capitalize on Grand Street’s porous defense. Neylon knew it was a matter of time that the Wolves would score.
“We had to take some risks and in overtime we didn’t have any shots and I found that disappointing,” Neylon said.
“In the end it was a little bad luck and an error that compounded to give them the edge. Sudden death is what it is. There’s no second chance.”
Channel Eliminated By Brandeis
Beach Channel saw their playoff championship hopes dashed as Brandeis won 3-1 in the second round of the PSAL soccer playoffs at Flushing Meadows Park.
The Dolphins started off poorly and were quickly down 2-0 with goals from Ojotule Achuba and Christian Roma.
“It seems as if always takes 40 minutes for us to start to play,” says assistant coach Dominick Stanco.
Waking up at the end of the first half malaise, Beach Channel sophomore Eric Rengifo continued his strong season by scoring on a penalty kick to make it 2-1.
An apparent penalty shot goal by the Dolphins’ Sergio Soto to tie the game at the end of the first half was waved off by the referees. It was determined that Brandeis’ penalty towards Soto was ruled as a corner kick instead of a penalty shot.
The Dolphins made a frenetic scoring push to tie the game in the second half and their second opportunity to tie the game was denied. A header tip in goal by Rengifo was wiped off due to a late penalty call against Rengifo towards Brandeis goalie Johnny Coronel.
Achuba stole the ball from defender Martin Thomas and tallied his second goal late in the game to make it 3-1. Stanco believes that his young Dolphins team (10-5-1) bonded together this season and their talent will put other teams on notice for the next few years.
“I did not want the season the end but it was a great year us. This program is on the map now,” Stanco says.