Dolphins Edge Far Rockaway In Peninsula Showdown
There are high expectations that Dominic Stanco wants from his Beach Channel boys soccer team steps on the field. Can he be demanding at times? Sure. Can he yell and scream sometimes to make his point? Of course. What Stanco is trying to accomplish as coach of the team is not to have a label of disciplinarian or a taskmaster which could lead to his team tuning him out.
Stanco will stress that the talent he has is good enough to win games. In the first battle of the soccer peninsula last Tuesday at Far Rockaway, the Dolphins eventually overpowered a tenacious Seahorses squad for a 3-0 victory in a PSAL Queens 'B' game.
Beach Channel (3-0-1) was in control for the most part as Carlos Mejia, Feliz Mejia and Marlon Velasquez each scored a goal in the win. Far Rockaway (1-2-0) was stringent in defense but they were only credited four total shots in the game.
The Dolphins though lacked the chemistry and cohesion that Stanco expected. That's why he tooks his players to task.
Against John Adams (2-0-1) today at 4 p.m., which is a critical PSAL 'B' Division matchup, Stanco says his methods are critical tools to inspire his team. BCHS and Adams tied at 2-2 in the first game of the season.
"I'm not trying to yell or scream to the guys to make them mad at me. I expect a lot out of them because we are a good team," Stanco said.
Chris Frey, who is lighting up the nets this season with nine goals for Beach Channel, did not score on his clear chance in the first half.
As his partnership with teammate Marlon Velasquez has grown, the senior forward was still taken to task for his earlier mistake by the head coach.
But instead of being upset, Frey took it to heart as a motivational tool to make him and his team better.
"He needs to do that. When we argue, we need someone to help us and get out heads back in the game right away," Frey said.
Today's game at Adams means a lot to Velasquez, who has scored four goals and notched five assists this season. A victory according to Velasquez gives them bragging rights against their rivals and an message to the rest of the city that the Dolphins means business this season.
They think they can beat us but we're the only team that tied them year. It makes me want to play more against them," Velasquez said.
BCHS Football Homecoming Day
Victor Nazario can draw up the offensive gameplan, go through the fine points in practice with his players and call the plays during the game.
When the game begins, the Beach Channel head has to believe his varsity football team can execute his gameplan. But this season, whatever lessons have been learned in practice just hasn't been executed when the Dolphins take the field.
That's why the Dolphins scored no points last Sunday on the road in a 24- 0 loss to William E. Grady. As Beach Channel fell to 0-3 this season, it isn't the first time that the Dolphins have been blanked this season.
On Saturday, the Dolphins hope they can get the energy surrounding Homecoming Day to put some points on the board against Long Island City (1-2).
The festivities began at 10:30 a.m. with kickoff starting at 12 p.m. There will also be a second game at the conclusion of the varsity contest at BCHS Field. The Dolphins JV team tries to improve to 2-0 as they take on the Long Island City Bulldogs JV squad.
Tough Task For Seahorses
A rare week off, courtesy of a forfeit victory by the George Washington Tigers, kept the Far Rockaway Seahorses at home last Sunday.
Far Rockaway (2-1) returned to practice knowing they won't easily get a win against undefeated Campus Magnet (3-0), who the Seahorses will travel to face on Saturday at 2 p.m.
High School Notes
Stella Maris (1-1-1) will host Christ the King in a Brooklyn/Queens CHSAA soccer divisional matchup at Fort Tilden on Monday, October 1 at 4 p.m.
Jaleesa McCrimmon recorded 23 service points as Far Rockaway (1-0) won in straight sets, 25-13 and 25-13 over Campus Magnet..
Christina Salinas recorded a team 11 service points as Beach Channel (1- 0) beat Springfield Gardens (0-1) 25- 21, 18-25, 25-18 on September 20.