2006-06-09 / Sports

Seahorses,BCHS Depart PSAL Playoffs

By Elio Velez

Bianca Gachette (26) of Edison tries to get the ball past FRHS goalkeeper Shickona Asfall (right) in the first half. Photo By Rich Bogart- Borriello Photography.
Bianca Gachette (26) of Edison tries to get the ball past FRHS goalkeeper Shickona Asfall (right) in the first half. Photo By Rich Bogart- Borriello Photography. The Lady Seahorses of Far Rockaway were balancing a tight rope with their roster since the beginning of the 2006 soccer campaign.

With Thomas Edison, the Queens B1 champions on tap in the second round of the PSAL B playoffs, the chance of advancing to the next round would be a tough task.

The lack of depth has always been an issue as with only a few substitutes, the margin for error with any injuries could become the deciding factor in a loss.

Last Thursday, the impact of the low roster numbers and the timely play from the Inventors would be too much for the Seahorses to bear.

Edison advanced to the second round as they scored three straight goals to bounce Far Rockaway, 3-1, out of the PSAL B playoffs at Flushing Meadows Park.

With only the starting 11 on the field and three members missing due to injury or other reasons, the Seahorses could not make up the lack of manpower.

Earlier in the season, the Seahorses only lost 1-0 at home to Edison in a crossover league game. This time, they would take a short lived lead.

Edison's defense was poor in their half of the field. Goalkeeper Roschelle Williams failed to make a long clearance and went out too far from within the box.

Seahorses forward Nicole Daley quickly shot the ball over the head of the goalkeeper from 25 yards out for a 1-0 Seahorses lead 8 minutes into the first half.

The kick reaggravated a recurring knee injury for Daley as she had to be taken out of the game and returned for a brief 5 minute spell in the match. With only 10 players, the Seahorses tried to hang on according to head coach William Neylon, but it would not occur.

"She's been battling a recurring knee situation and as tender as it is, I didn't want to take any risk of her getting hurt even more," said a concerned Neylon.

Edison would push upfield as they gained control of the midfield and pushed up further to the Seahorses goal. Senior Shickona Asfall would make 17 saves but she would be overrun as Edison capitalized on therlong rush to the goal.

Carina Edwards booted a goal to tie it up at 1 and the only mistake by Sfall in corralling a loose ball would give Laura Roth an easy tap in to make it 2-1 near the end of the first half.

The lack of numbers took the wind out of the sails of Far Rockaway's figuratively but literally in the well. The Seahorses could not advance the ball due to the stiff wind conditions which led to Edison's Karen Canales scoring the last goal 58 minutes into the second half.

Neylon commended the season long efforts of his players as he dealt all season with the low roster numbers but also a new influx of talent. He was happy this group banded together to make the playoffs and says that there is enough talent to make a good run to the top of the Queens BIII division in 2007.

"They didn't give up, stop playing. We kept going with only had 10 players and the wind against them in the second half. They didn't falter. They were overpowered by the wind and their superior numbers," Neylon said.

"The girls that joined us are some newfound talent. The team has been blessed and I expected this year to be a rebuilding year. I'm hoping next year will be even a better year."

Dolphins Eliminated By LIC

The Beach Channel Lady Dolphins ran into a buzzsaw in the Long Island City Bulldogs in the second round of the PSAL B playoffs last Thursday afternoon. Already considered one of the best midfielders in the B division, Jessica Restreppo added two more goals to her regular season total of 25 as the Bulldogs pounded the Dolphins 4-0.

Long Island City received two goals from an unlikely source in Yvette Macareno, who only had three goals in twelve regular season games, scored the other two goals on the day. The Bulldogs advanced to the PSAL B final against Columbus on Sunday at 10 a.m. at St. John's University. Beach Channel only put up six recorded shots as they finished the season with 7 wins, 5 losses and 2 ties.

The Roberts' sisters were bounced unceremoniously from the PSAL soccer playoffs. Celeste Roberts and Midwood were eliminated in the quarterfinals of the PSAL A playoffs in a 4-2 win Bayside. Courtney Roberts, a senior at Frank Sinatra H.S. were beaten by Grand Street, 3-1.

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