Dolphins Rout Westinghouse: Seahorses Eliminated
In only 12 games this season, George Westinghouse forward Repton Abrahams knocked in 30 goals to lead the PSAL. So the quest laid out for Beach Channel in their first round playoff matchup was to shut down the goal happy striker from hitting the net.
Abrahams had only one shot.
With their best forward shut down, Westinghouse could not handle the Dolphins’ offense, which bombarded them with goals in a 7-0 Beach Channel rout at home last Wednesday afternoon. The Dolphins will have a home game today at 2:30 p.m. against Lafayette.
Last year in the first round, Beach Channel was the higher seed and barely escaped with a 2-1 win over Banneker. They once again had a higher seed and the Dolphins could have taken their opponent lightly and struggled but were up to the task.
“We literally shut him (Abrahams) down the entire game and it was a phenomenal,” Stanco said. “The guys had their heads big at the end of the year and the Far Rockaway loss let us know we had to play a full 80 minutes and win the game.”
But the offense came out to play and bombarded Westinghouse with quick strikes as the game was decided in the first half. Forward Dewey Johnson scored the first of his three goals with a left footed shot that went past Goalkeeper Sowande Paul, who did not move a muscle, for a 1-0 lead.
The swirling winds played havoc with the ball but by now Beach Channel can turn that bit of adversity into a positive. Midfielder Marlon Velasquez sent a cross kick from the Westinghouse end that floated high in the air. What seemed to hang in the air for minutes was finally headed by Dave Scott to make it 2-0.
Veleasquez, who had three assists, got into the goal column with a strike past the diving goalkeeper for a 3-0 insurmountable Dolphins lead in the 25th minute. It’s been a week and half since the Dolphins, winners of the PSAL B Queens Division, lost to Far Rockaway in the regular season finale. Coach Stanco gave a lot of credit to assistant coach Jeff Kramer and his players for preparing shaking off the loss and fired up for such a big game.
“They love the playing of win or go home and they’ve been looking forward to this. “We have not played a game from start to finish like this all year. And that’s what I’m excited about,” Stanco said.
Far Rockaway Stunned In Defeat
Though the Seahorses had the home field advantage and the 4th seed in their playoff bracket, H.S. of Arts and Business played on par to the level of their opponents. A well played match sent a 1-1 game into overtime. But just 2 minutes into the extra session, Arts and Business went quickly down to the Far Rockaway end. A cross kick sent the ball just to the outside of the goal area and forward Omar Herrera, who was uncovered in the middle of the field, headed the ball in the net.
The goal was a sudden death game winner and stunned head coach William Neylon and the Seahorses in an 2-1 Arts victory that advances them to the second round.
“The shock and suddenness of the goal was unsettling. They came out with a quick play that caught us off guard and they scored,” a disappointed Neylon said.
The Seahorses couldnt create enough scoring chances in the second half and Neylon said it was just one example of the many reasons why they will not be advancing in the playoofs.
“We expected to go further and it didn’t happen. We’re proud of finishing second in the division but Arts were the better team today.”