2006-10-13 / Sports

H.S. Roundup: Beach Channel Kicks Adams From Top Spot

By Elio Velez

Beach Channel's Erik Rengifo (middle) dribbles past John Adams' defenders. Photo by Peter Borriello.Beach Channel's Erik Rengifo (middle) dribbles past John Adams' defenders. Photo by Peter Borriello. Two of the better Queens' soccer programs have acknowledged that it will come down to their matchups this season that will decide the PSAL Queens B1 division crown.

Adams and Beach Channel had played to a 1-1 tie on September 15 but Dolphins midfielder Dewey Johnson wasn't happy with the result. It wasn't due to how the team played but for the senior, the appearance in that game would be quite brief.

It was not to his liking however as Johnson's challenge on Adams midfielder Fernando Rubello resulted in a high kick to the chest and incurred a red card. Beach Channel was down one man for the rest of the game and Johnson, watching idly by on the sidelines, was itching to make a contribution the next time.

Almost playing like man possessed, the midfielder was all over the pitch last Friday afternoon and contributed to a Dolphins' crucial 2-1 win over John Adams at Beach Channel.

Johnson was fired up because he had felt the team was let down by his ejection from the first game. Beach Channel and John Adams were first and second respectively and the first cold, wind swept day alongside the Jamaica Bay pitted two squads that expect go deep in this year's playoffs.

Johnson made his first impression and it would happen soon after the whistle blew to begin the game. In the second minute, Johnson stepped in front of an Adams attempted pass through the midfield and bounced a one hop cross pass to Dave Scott.

The striker, camped out just behind the Adams defense, quickly turned upfield and kicked a low level shot past Adams goalkeeper Daniel Neto for a 1-0 lead.

Adams intended to use their 4-5-1 formation to spread the ball wide and to feed their quick footed and star forward Kenneil Haye, to put the ball in the net.

Beach Channel would hold off the Spartans attack and kept a 1-0 lead into halftime. The second half would start with a rough Adams' challenge, which upended Dolphins forward Marlon Velasquez just as he was inside the goalscoring box.

Senior midfielder Erik Rengifo would convert on the penalty kick to make it 2-0 Dolphins. It looked as Adams would capitulate but they would push back in a fast and furious 20 minutes left in the game.

Haye, who was frustrated enough on the day to get a yellow card for his outbursts, finally converted on a goal to make it 2-1.

John Adams, with a heavy wind in their favor, would push Beach Channel back on their heels, scrambling to get the game tying goal to accomplish a point.

The Dolphins (7-0-1, 22 points) would hold off the furious attack and the final whistle gained them an commanding five point lead over Adams (5-1-2, 17 points) in the B1 division.

"They played like they always do with heart, they took advantage of the wind and they used it. When we actually wake up and play hard, our team should know that a team like Beach Channel will never give an inch or space and can take advantage when we do things wrong," said Adams head coach Hector Navarette.

Dewey Johnson, credited with the assist, was more than pleased to make a contribution. He apologized to his teammates and knew he can make a difference out there.

"He told me to play my game and help my players. When I'm in the field, I want to give 110% percent," Johnson said. "I was upset. I felt like I let my team down. My goal was to dribble and pass the ball and make plays for every player on my team."

The division rests in the hands of the Dolphins and as confident as they are in grabbing the B1 title, Stanco has stressed there are higher goals to accomplish.

"(Dewey) knew he had a lot to prove and wanted to show the team he was capable of playing against Adams. We also didn't have Roman (Ivanov) and Edwin Andrade in our lineup. (Edwin) he's played amazing," Stanco said.

"Adams played a heck of a game. Both teams didn't dominate but things happen for a reason. I told the team that the sky is the limit."

Division titles are nice but a Dolphins team with the utmost confidence believes that a PSAL championship trophy, instead of a division title, would look much better in the BCHS trophycase.

FRHS Goes To Mayor's Cup

If one word could describe what occurs when 170 public, private, catholic and independent cross country school teams gathered at Van Cortland Park last Saturday, especially in the case of Far Rockaway cross country coach Eric Stein, he says the term 'electric' might come to mind.

"When you see all those kids running at the finish line and you recognize of your own kids at the finish line, it's an amazing feeling," Stein, the second year head coach of the cross country program said.

Hundreds of runners competed at one of the largest cross country gatherings in the eastern seaboard. Stein believes the Seahorses accomplished individual and team goals that was much to his satisfaction.

In individual races, Ahmad Sharhan finished in 15th out of 334 runners in the 2.5 mile run Varsity race to win a medal for placing in the top 30 with a time of 14.44.54.

In overall team competition, Far Rockaway finished 17th out of 48 teamsto race and were second out of ten Queens high schools overall to run.

Celaya finished third overall in the 1.5 mile race at the PSAL freshman/sophomore city championships at Cunningham Park on October 10. Abdullah Saleh finished fourth in the 2.5 mile race.

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