2007-06-01 / Sports

Beach Channel Falls In Playoff Shootout

By Elio Velez

Archbishop Molloy centerfielder Tiffany Ott. Photo by Richard Grasso Archbishop Molloy centerfielder Tiffany Ott. Photo by Richard Grasso Cynthia Wolfe has been through many pressure situations in her athletic career as a three-year starter for the girls' basketball team,

But not many instances can compare to the pressure of being selected as the last player in a soccer penalty shootout.

With Environmental up 2-1, Wolfe needed to score to equal the game.

That was the situation the Beach Channel senior defender was in as she stepped into the box in a one-on-one situation against the High School of Environmental Studies goalkeeper Ashley Leslie.

Wolfe put her right foot on the ball and kicked it towards the goal. Her shot attempt was knocked down by Leslie as Environmental clinched a shootout victory in the first round of the PSAL 'B' playoffs at Beach Channel High School last Tuesday.

The fourth seeded Dolphins' season ended and the fifth seeded Environmental Studies advanced to the next round against #1 seed Queens High School of Teaching in the 'S" Division bracket of the PSAL 'B' playoffs.

Benetta Kerkula and Lilian Rojas scored the two shootout goals for Environmental Studies. Goalkeeper Tiffany Maynard scored the only shootout goal for Beach Channel

Wolfe said it was nervewracking to have to tie the game.

"I've had that only in basketball but I usually came through it," Wolfe said smiling wistfully. "It was hard. The goalie tries to catch the ball upwards, so I tried to hit a roundball and go low, but she caught it."

Beach Channel, who finished the season with a 9-4 record, wasn't as sharp according to Wolfe as she said a host of injuries curtailed their effectiveness.

The defender was playing with a torn ligament in her right knee, leading goalscorer Pauleen H. Geffrard battled knee and ankle injuries.

Beach Channel's lone goal scorer Jodian Braham, who tied the game at 1-1 in the second half, was also struggling for fitness. But Wolfe still can't excuse that her team didn't put together enough positives to advance to the next round.

"The problem is we weren't running fast enough, the defense was slacking and there were a lot of things we should have done better," Wolfe said.

"It's kind of heartbreaking but then again, we tried our best and we didn't succeed and hopefully they'll do better next year."

The Far Rockaway Lady Seahorses was eliminated in the first round of the PSAL 'B' playoffs, losing 4-0 to Leon M. Goldstein High School at Dyker Park last Tuesday.

The Seahorses clinched a playoff berth with a 6-6 record and finishing third in the Queens B VII Division behind John Adams and Beach Channel.

But they couldn't defend against the goal scoring talents of Alexa Segal, who put four past Seahorses goalkeeper Marilyn Perez in the first half. With a 4-0 lead, Goldstein comfortably cruised to victory and eliminated a young Far Rockaway team from the playoffs.

Ott, Molloy Win City Title

The Archbishop Molloy softball team has established themselves as a winning program, clinching their first ever Brooklyn-Queens CHSAA title two weeks ago.

Molloy had their dreams of winning a CHSAA state title dashed by Holy Trinity 7-2 at St. John's on May 24. Tiffany Ott, the starting centerfielder from Broad Channel, knew her team had to bounce back quickly from their defeat as Molloy traveled to Staten Island on Tuesday.

In the CHSAA city title game against Moore Catholic, Ott's basehit started a rally which would give Molloy a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Kayley Ferran got enough run support as she pitched a complete game shutout as Archbishop Molloy won 2-0 at St. Joseph's by the Sea High School.

"It feels a lot better and it's another accomplishment for us," Ott, a junior, said. I expected us to forget about the loss and we played much better."

Midwood Clinch Title Berth

Midwood lacrosse senior Rob Mc- Cabe knows how to find his way to the net. The leading goalscorer for the Hornets has been the focal point in attack for his squad throughout his four year career.

In the PSAL playoffs on Wednesday, Tottenville found out how dangerous the Rockaway resident can be on the field.

McCabe went wild in netting 10 goals in 12 shots as the #1 seed Midwood had an easy time in beating Tottenville 16-3 last Wednesday.

McCabe has scored 20 goals in the PSAL this season and was named an All-American for his outstanding play. The win set up a championship rematch this Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at St. John's University against Cardozo, who defeated New Dorp 7-4 also last Wednesday.

Midwood got contributions from Rowan Frederick who scored a goal and eight assists and Rockaway resident Dylan Sirgiovanni, who scored a goal. Tim Halligan and Dan Kelly are also members of the team from Rockaway.

The Hornets got two late goals from Muhammed Attieh in the fourth period of the 2006 title game to defeat Cardozo 8-7.

Soccer

Midwood's Celeste Roberts once again scorched the soccer field this spring as the junior scored 23 goals and recorded 12 assists for the undefeated Midwood Lady Hornets.

The Hornets had a 12-0 record and cruised to the PSAL Brooklyn 'A' Division III championship.

Roberts, a 5 foot 8 junior, was joined on the team with Rockaway residents, defender Jordana Cotilletta and senior midfielder Shannon Ruiz to qualify for the PSAL soccer playoffs.

Their first match will be at home against Hunter College High School today at 4 p.m.

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