2006-09-15 / Sports

Mix of Old and New Give Dolphins Title Dreams

By Elio Velez

Expectations are running high for Dominick Stanco as the head coach of the Beach Channel soccer team expects his players to take the next step to contend for a PSAL B Boys soccer title. Winning three games in 2003, The Dolphins have risen to title contenders, reaching the final eight of the playoffs in 2005 when they lost to Brandeis 3-2 in overtime. They had an 8-2 regular season record and won the Queens B1 division title.

Full of energy and vigor, Stanco has been impressed with his team so far. With a mix of key veterans and talented newcomers starting at midfield and on defense, Stanco is confident about his team's chances.

"I have more talent this year than last year's. I've picked up six starters and all of them would have started last year. I'm looking forward to this year," Stanco said

The returning starters provide Stanco with a wealth of goal scoring and playmaking opportunities. It's a senior laden group that includes the best all around player in Erik Rengifo, a midfielder and member of the U.S. national 17 and under regional team,

"I'm impressed with his attitude because he just plays the game so well. He has a positive attitude in practice and in games He's not just a player but he's a leader and a coach out there."

Marlon Velasquez is dangerous as a goalscorer and a passer with 25 goals and 16 assists. The junior midfielder will be paired with newcomer Eduardo Flores as both will key the offensive attack. Forward Dave Scott led the club in scoring in '05 with 11 goals and will be looked to equal or surpass his mark. Alpha Dia will be the starting goalkeeper.

Stanco will use more of an attacking style because he has many scoring options. The defense will be made up of 10th graders which include Perry Tuffour- who lived in Germany for 11 years ago- and Slawomir Wloch- who emigrated from Poland, should add an international flavor to the backline.

The Dolphins got off to a good start, winning 9-0 over Queens High School for Science last Wednesday at York College. John Adams, who the Dolphins will face on Tuesday at 4 p.m. should contend for the division along with Far Rockaway. They lost 4-3 to Lane last Wednesday.

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