2005-09-16 / Sports

Stanco Optimistic On BCHS Soccer Season

By Elio Velez


Midfielder Erik Rengifo should be a key player for the Dolphins. Midfielder Erik Rengifo should be a key player for the Dolphins. In sports, experience cannot be discarded, especially if it helps mold a team together to play to their full potential. Beach Channel’s experience in the men’s soccer team resulted in a PSAL B playoff appearance last year.

This season, the success of the soccer program will continue in the hands of new coach Dominick Stanco.

The Dolphins got off to a good start in a 10-0 thrashing of Queens High School for Science last Tuesday at home.

An assistant last season, he will replace Thomas Kazalski, who will become the new cross country coach.

Forward Dewey Johnson dribbles between two Queens High School For Science defenders. Photos By Pete Borriello.Forward Dewey Johnson dribbles between two Queens High School For Science defenders. Photos By Pete Borriello. Stanco was around for last season’s surprise success. It included a 9-4 record and the Dolphins competed for a division crown until the final day of the regular season before losing out to Richmond Hill. In the playoffs, they defeated Banneker before falling to Brandeis in the second round.

Key players such as midfielder Erik Rengifo, striker Marlon Velasquez and defender Hector Garcia return. The new goalkeeper will be returner Michael Adedoyin. Rengifo is the best all-around player on the team according to Stanco. The 15 year old midfielder made the United States National Soccer team as a reserve player. Marlon Velasquez, the sophomore striker who scored 16 goals, last year, agreed with the praise of his head coach.

“He’s the best player on the team. He does everything well; how he dribbles, how he plays the game. He’s just a smart player,” Velasquez said.

New players include cousins Dewey and Deconte Johnson, who should see action as the strikers in the 4-4-2 playing alignment.

A key loss which Stanco is not happy about is the loss of sweeper Martin Thomas. Stanco explains that Thomas, a senior due to graduate this year, was left back a year after arriving in the United States from Belize in elementary school. Due to Department of Education rules, Thomas cannot play this season.

“It’s a shame. He’s 19 (years old) and he missed the cutoff age. Now he can’t play. He’s passed every year (in classes) and only in his fourth year of high school,” Stanco said.

“He can’t play because the age reason and missed it by six months. The Department of Education had no problem leaving him back a year so them they should then give him compensation for leaving him back.”

In a school that has seen an increase of students who were not born in this country, the soccer program is one of the sports that have received a lot of attention.

“Because we had a good team last year, kids who moved here from out of the country were interested in soccer. They knew we had a legitimate program,” Stanco said. “They came out to play, tried out and we have quality scoring so I look forward to the season.”

The Queens 1B division is full of playoff teams such as Far Rockaway, Franklin K. Lane, Richmond Hill and John Adams. Stanco will not take any of those teams lightly.

“Lane is a good program; John Adams beat us twice last year so they earned a lot of respect from me. Even though we beat Far Rockaway both games, they have a good program so I can’t make any predictions.”

Stanco is also excited to coach a culturally diverse roster.

“I love it. I grew up in Long Island playing soccer. I was a part of a (Nassau County) championship team at Oceanside. We had a great team but it wasn’t a melting pot,” Stanco says.

To come from that to here to see these kids who can share with each other all these different skills from where they grew up. It’s great to see and it’s phenomenal.”

“We’re a better team than last year and I hope they (the rest of the city) notice how good a team Coach K (Kazalski) and I have put together.”

Far Rockaway Wins

The Seahorses won their first game of the season with a 3-2 victory over Franklin K. Lane. The battle of the peninsula begins when BC and Far Rock play on Wednesday at 4 p.m. at BCHS.

all-around player on the team according to Stanco. The 15 year old midfielder made the United States National Soccer team as a reserve player. Marlon Velasquez, the sophomore striker who scored 16 goals, last year, agreed with the praise of his head coach.

“He’s the best player on the team. He does everything well; how he dribbles, how he plays the game. He’s just a smart player,” Velasquez said.

New players include cousins Dewey and Deconte Johnson, who should see action as the strikers in the 4-4-2 playing alignment.

A key loss which Stanco is not happy about is the loss of sweeper Martin Thomas. Stanco explains that Thomas, a senior due to graduate this year, was left back a year after arriving in the United States from Belize in elementary school. Due to Department of Education rules, Thomas cannot play this season.

“It’s a shame. He’s 19 (years old) and he missed the cutoff age. Now he can’t play. He’s passed every year (in classes) and only in his fourth year of high school,” Stanco said.

“He can’t play because the age reason and missed it by six months. The Department of Education had no problem leaving him back a year so them they should then give him compensation for leaving him back.”

In a school that has seen an increase of students who were not born in this country, the soccer program is one of the sports that have received a lot of attention.

“Because we had a good team last year, kids who moved here from out of the country were interested in soccer. They knew we had a legitimate program,” Stanco said. “They came out to play, tried out and we have quality scoring so I look forward to the season.”

The Queens 1B division is full of playoff teams such as Far Rockaway, Franklin K. Lane, Richmond Hill and John Adams. Stanco will not take any of those teams lightly.

“Lane is a good program; John Adams beat us twice last year so they earned a lot of respect from me. Even though we beat Far Rockaway both games, they have a good program so I can’t make any predictions.”

Stanco is also excited to coach a culturally diverse roster.

“I love it. I grew up in Long Island playing soccer. I was a part of a (Nassau County) championship team at Oceanside.

We had a great team but it wasn’t a melting pot,” Stanco says.

To come from that to here to see these kids who can share with each other all these different skills from where they grew up. It’s great to see and it’s phenomenal.”

“We’re a better team than last year and I hope they (the rest of the city) notice how good a team Coach K (Kazalski) and I have put together.”

Far Rockaway Wins

The Seahorses won their first game of the season with a 3-2 victory over Franklin K. Lane. The battle of the peninsula begins when BC and Far Rock play on Wednesday at 4 p.m. at BCHS.

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