2005-10-21 / Sports

Dolphins Complete Division Title Dream

By Elio Velez

As students walked through the halls of Beach Channel last Tuesday, they may have noticed the smile from ear to ear on the face of school counselor and Dolphins soccer head coach Dominic Stanco. That smile occurred because two things happened for the first year head coach which led to the Dolphins to capture the PSAL Queens B1 Division Championship.

With a 2-0 victory over Franklin K. Lane at home last Monday, the Dolphins increased their record to 8-1-2 and remained in first place in the PSAL Queens B1 Division. Midfielder Mamadou Traore notched his sixth goal of the season in the first 5 minutes of the game to make it 1-0. The offense kept the pressure against Lane goalkeeper Thaddeus Lawrence but could increase the lead as they left golden opportunities in the first half. Dewey Johnson and Michael Adeodyin missed on potential chips in and took a 1-0 lead into the second half.

The Dolphins maintained their offensive push into the Lane defense and striker Dewey Johnson took a pass from Traore and directed a left footed kick to the right of a diving Lawrence to make it 2-0. When the game ended, Stanco went home and kept his eye on the PSAL web site.

That was because Far Rockaway had entered the day in second place with a record of 6-2-3 and two points behind Beach Channel. They were also playing in the afternoon against Richmond Hill at Flushing Meadows Park. If they had pulled off a victory, then the final game of the season with the Dolphins traveling to Far Rockaway would decide the championship.

The Seahorses fell behind 3-1 in the first half but stormed back to score three goals in the second half. It wasn’t enough as Richmond Hill tallied twice to win 5-4 and therefore clinched the division title for Beach Channel.

“It was the first time as long as I can remember Beach Channel winning a title in soccer,” Stanco, who took over the reins from former head coach Tom Kazalski this year said.

“BC has finally established a winning soccer program and we’re on the map. It’s great that the kids rose to the challenge. My goal was to win the division and they stepped up to the plate.”

Stanco has reminded his troops that there is still playoff positioning to be decided against Far Rockaway today. With a victory, Beach Channel can finish the season at 9-1 and impress the PSAL soccer committee when they meet up on October 27th to seed the playoffs.

Two possible home games could give the Dolphins another boost in their quest to go further in the post-season. A 3-1 loss to Brandeis last year bounced them out of the playoffs at Flushing Meadows Park in the second round.

Far Rockaway will need a victory to secure second place. They can freefall to fourth place if John Adams defeats Lane and Richmond Hill beats winless Queens H.S. of Teaching today.

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