High School Roundup:
Beach Channel forward Marlon Velasquez had only four shots on Far Rockaway goalkeeper Enrique Avila in last Tuesday's PSAL 'B 'contest between the two peninsula high schools.
But the senior knows that it's not the amount of shots directed at the goal, its how many goes into the net. Velasquez was a perfect 4 for 4 in shot attempts and the number of goals scored as Beach Channel (6-0-2) overpowered Far Rockaway (2-5-0) at home, 4-0.
Velasquez netted two goals in the first half and his third of the game brought loud cheers from the sidelines, especially from team manager Osei Akoto. The excitement came in the tenth minute of the second half when Velasquez received a long 40-yard pass from teammate Dustin Lara. The senior received the ball, dribbled once and coolly placed a right footed shot into the net for a 3-0 lead.
"They just give me the ball and I'll score. I trust them and they trust me," Velasquez said. "When we work together, we play good."
Dolphins GK Alpha Dia stopped his second penalty kick of the year on a right footed smash attempt by Seahorses' Abdulhakim Saleh in the second half. Head coach Dominic Stanco says home cooking is a huge factor for his team's success.
The Dolphins have not lost a regular season or playoff home game in 25 contests since a 1-0 loss on October 12, 2004 to John Adams.
"My defense played outstanding," Stanco said. "The confidence was there, they were relaxed, poised and we played good soccer."
Velasquez says he enjoys scoring goals but the senior is really focused on trying to help his team form into a strong and cohesive unit.
Beach Channel is fighting for first place in the division with John Adams and every win gets him one step closer to getting to a championship that he craves.
"A good player doesn't just score, he does everything. That's what makes a good player. You can score five goals and still get a loss," Velasquez said. "We wouldn't get the 'W' (win). We want the 'W'.
Three games this week against Franklin K. Lane, Far Rockaway and a pivotal division deciding game at John Adams next Friday will determine if Beach Channel is ready for the challenge.
Far Rockaway defeated August Martin, 25-17, 25-17 as the Seahorses improved to 4-0 and leads the Queens '10B' Division. August Martin (3-1) and Beach Channel (2-2) are in second and third place respectively.
Boys Bowling- Beach Channel won their third straight victory, defeating Richmond Hill, 2-1, at Cozy Lanes . The Dolphins' record improved to 3-1. They were beaten by Grover Cleveland on October 2.