2006-04-14 / Sports

Dolphins, Seahorses Tie In First Soccer Clash

By Elio Velez

Far Rockaway's Alesia Gayle (9) tries to corral the ball away from the Beach Channel defenders. Photo by Pete Borriello.Far Rockaway's Alesia Gayle (9) tries to corral the ball away from the Beach Channel defenders. Photo by Pete Borriello. The Far Rockaway Lady Seahorses could have made plenty excuses to bow out quietly in their peninsula soccer matchup against Beach Channel last Wednesday.

In a sluggish first half, the Seahorses could not control the goal scoring exploits of forward Antoneka Trought, who scalded their defense for two goals. Going into halftime down 2-0, head coach William Neylon saw the turnaround he implored his team to undertake.

The second half was a whirlwind adventure for them. Far Rockaway would net two goals in the first seven minutes of the second half and fight tooth and nail with the Dolphins for a well-deserved 2-2 tie.

With the game tied in regulation, both teams could not score in the subsequent two-five minute overtimes. Beach Channel remains in first place with a 3-0-1 record and 10 points in Queens BIII. Far Rockaway stays undefeated with one win and three ties for six points.

"I told the girls (at halftime) that I'm not disappointed. I'm not angry. I would be if you give up. We came out in the second half with a fresh attitude. The wind helped us a little. It made a big difference," Neylon said.

Their spirits would be lifted by a fluke goal as the second half started. Seahorses forward Nicole Daily made a push upfield and she hit a left footed low shot towards the goal. The ball deflected off halfback Tiffany Maynard and goalkeeper Tsahai Clarke could not handle the wicked hop and tricked by for a 2-1.

Two minutes later, Far Rockaway good fortunes would continue. After Beach Channel misplayed the ball in their own end, Fayon Malcolm netted in the tying goal from 10 yards away for a 2-2 score.

Once we scored that goal. It lifted our team's spirit. It brought back heart in them and maybe they said coach, you were right and we can win this game.

The Dolphins almost won the game a few times with the help of an almost unstoppable performance by Trought. With a blend of speed and power, Trought evaded defenders in an series of one on one moves up and down the field. Only the heroics of goalkeeper Shikona Asfall (12 saves) stopped any hopes of a Dolphin lead and a hat trick.

"When I go all that way, and you cant make it. It's tiring," Trought said.

"They scored two goals in three minutes. It's very disappointing. We played a good first half. I was surprised because we played the first half good and we thought we could get the game."

BC Girls Tennis All Aces

Tiffani Parchment, Seneca Nelson and Ifeysei Adedoyin won singles tennis matches for Beach Channel in a 5-0 victory last Tuesday at home over Franklin K. Lane.

Andrea Bascom, Christina Linder won in doubles matchups along with Kaydia Murphy and Michelle Talabi for the Dolphins, who continue their impressive start at 7-0 (PSAL Queens B 2) to begin the season.

Lady Flippers Back In Tune

The hitting doldrums have plagued Stella Maris as of late. After getting off to a flying start, the Lady Flippers have suffered some misery at the plate the last week.

Their offense did not appear in their two losses to division rivals Archbishop Molloy and St. Francis Prep. In both games, they combined to score only two runs while some sloppy play on the defensive side allowed some costly runs to score.

The cure to their ills was playing Christ the King and the Lady Flippers felt much better after winning 11-1 last Wednesday on the road. The only high cost in the victory was the 50 bucks head coach Jim DeAngelo spent on buying pizza for his team before the game.

"It felt good. The bats came alive and it's a supreme feeling to have," said an excited DeAngelo.

With teams pitching around the big bat of Alexa Rosella, the other hitters in the lineup stepped to the fore for the Lady Flippers (5-3 overall, 3-3 CHSAA Queens).

Alyssa Rich knocked in two RBI and Angela Mammina knocked in 3 RBI on a bases clearing double in the third inning as Stella Maris jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third inning.

Rosella pitched a complete game, striking out seven batters and had 3 RBI at the plate.

DeAngelo believes his team may have been pressing too much at the plate and hopes that their offensive problems don't come back to haunt then later on in the season.

The Lady Flippers will play in the Uptown Spring Classic Softball Tournament in the Bronx starting on Monday. Sixteen teams will participate in a three day round robin tournament. Bayside, Molloy, Newtown will be the Queens representatives for the tournament.

BC Crew Prepares For Season

The wacky winter/spring weather has caused havoc with the Beach Channel Crew team's practice schedule. Because of the below normal temperatures in March and this month, the crew team haven't been able to get ready for the upcoming spring regatta season.

Chris Horn, the head coach of the crew team is concerned of course. The first regatta is scheduled for April 22 at Flushing Meadows Park

"It's been a hard time getting any practices. The weather has been too cold which means the water is just too cold for us to get our practice time in," Horn said.

"I hope with the week off, we can get in the water earlier and get some long practices."

Once they return to the waters surrounding Mill Basin, the Dolphins will hope to equal or best their achievements last season. They won their most medals as a program and this success led two members of the 2005 team-Martin Perak and Michael Herscovici to make the rowing team as walk-ons at Syracuse University.

"They're enjoying it. I'm proud of them. It's a big accomplishment because Syracuse is a bigtime program when it comes to Division I," Horn said.

"Amy Grosshandler is finishing her third year at Barry University in Florida and Nicole Pierce is heading to Nova University in the fall. That's a lot to be proud of."

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