2007-09-14 / Sports

No-Goal Call Puts Adams,Beach Channel Into Knots

By Elio Velez

Beach Channel forward Marlon Velasquez (right) tries to dribble past John Adams' midfielder Matias Sartorio. Photo By Peter Borriello. Beach Channel forward Marlon Velasquez (right) tries to dribble past John Adams' midfielder Matias Sartorio. Photo By Peter Borriello. The waning minutes of the first meeting between John Adams and Beach Channel created another chapter in this intense boys' soccer rivalry.

The Dolphins had resurrected themselves from a poor first-half, to knot the contest at 2-2.

Beach Channel would have completed their comeback victory on the rainsoaked John Adams field last Tuesday afternoon, but the referees waved off a goal by forward Marlon Velasquez, as he was deemed offsides.

The decision will further intensify the PSAL 'B' divisional rivalry between John Adams and Beach Channel. Both had to settle for a 2-2 tie in the first game of the regular season.

John Adams, which lost in the PSAL 'B' championship to AP Randolph last year, was in top form in the first half. Forward Samuel Archer used his strength and skill to torch the Beach Channel defense for two goals, in a span of four minutes.

It looked like this contest was going to be a blowout, but Beach Channel reversed their bad fortunes with a spirited displayed.

Adams' 2-0 lead going into the second half wouldn't last, as goals by Velasquez and Chris Frey in the 22nd and 29th minute, respectively, tied the contest at 2-2.

With three minutes left, Beach Channel kept the pressure on the Spartans' defense. Midfielder Anthony Allison stormed down the right side and made a cross-pass to teammate Marlon Velasquez.

The Dolphins' senior forward then sprinted toward the ball and headed it past John Adams goalkeeper Daniel Neto for what would have been a 3-2 lead.

But the referees quickly waved off the goal, Allison received a red card for arguing the call, and the Dolphins midfielder Eduardo Flores only wondered what could have happened if his team had played well for the entire game. "We have a lot of work to do. But this division is still up for grabs," Flores said.

Dominic Stanco, head coach of the Dolphins, says his team's second-half effort was a bright spot.

"Hector told me last year when we lost to them in the playoffs that he was impressed that we were full of heart and that we never give up," Stanco said of his discussion with John Adams coach Hector Navarette.

But Stanco can't fault the referees for his team's mistakes, which will only make him work harder as a coach.

"You can't blame the ref. We've got to play better."

Navarette had to work on things also. He had to accept the outcome of the contest but he certainly doesn't have to like it.

"We were fatigued. They put pressure on us in the second half. A tie is fair enough but I hate ties. It's like a loss."

Far Rockaway (1-0) won a thriller at Franklin K. Lane as Abdulhakim Saleh scored two goals and Miguel Estrada and Teddy Pierre each added a goal for a 4-3 victory last Tuesday afternoon.

Stella Maris began the BQCHSAA season at presstime and will face Christ the King on Monday and return home on Wednesday at 4 p.m. to face St. John's Prep at Fort Tilden.

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