Perez Sisters Bond On Soccer Field
It was minutes after the second peninsula matchup of the girls' soccer season that three soccer players from Beach Channel and Far Rockaway gathered on Tuesday afternoon to discuss what had just happened.
The Lady Dolphins were victorious for the second time this season. Jodian Braham scored her 13th goal of the season as Beach Channel defeated Far Rockaway, 3-0. Shaddae Willams and Belky Rivera each recorded a goal for the Dolphins, who improved to a 6-1 record and jumped to first place in the Queens B VI Division.
Beach Channel's Julissa Perez departed from the home bench after the victory to console her 17-year old sister, Far Rockaway starting goalkeeper Marilyn Perez.
The junior goalkeeper had made 14 saves in a solid effort to keep away the attacking Dolphins from the net. But her effort couldn't help the Seahorses from losing and a under .500 record at 2-5-1.
A minute later, Marilyn's teammate and younger 14-year old sister Deanna came over to also give consolation. It's easy to see why the sport is a love for these three sisters. With their parents also on the sidelines cheering on, soccer has truly become a family favorite.
"I like winning but in the next game, I hope my sister wins. I feel bad for her because she's a good goalie," Julissa Perez said.
The sisters are not only supportive but give pointers to improve their performance.
"We talk about our mistakes how we can improve. She helps me and I help her."
Marilyn Perez is agreement with her older sister. Marilyn and Julissa decided to attend different high schools after both graduating from the eight grade at IS 53.
The goalkeeper wants her team to win and knows that in the last matchup of the year on May 20, Marilyn may possibly have to stop an goal scoring attempt by her sister to do so.
"I do get nervous when I see her on the other team. It's because she's my sister," Marilyn said. "Actually it's just competition so it doesn't really matter, but I still love her anyways."
Deanna says soccer is a bond that keeps the sisters happy even if they are wearing different uniforms. But she says they haven't' come up with a catchy nickname for their family's soccer exploits just yet.
"Not really. No," Deanna Perez said laughingly.
Walter Diaz pitched six no-hit innings in relief as Far Rockaway won their second game in a row, 9-5, over Springfield Gardens. Diaz, struck out nine batters after replacing Danzel Turner in the second inning. With four games left in the regular season, the Seahorses improved to 4-8 within the Queens South B Division.
The varsity baseball team at Beach Channel hasn't done well for the second consecutive season after being promoted from the PSAL 'B' League to the Queens West A Division. But varsity coach Tom Kazalaski has kept an optimistic outlook even as his team lost 7- 5 to visiting Long Island City last Tuesday.
Though Beach Channel hasn't fared well against division leading Grand Street Campus and second place William Bryant, Kazalski says that his team has fought well against most of the opposition.
"I think we kind of know who we are, which is good, what I like about it is we're not getting down on each other," Kazalski said.
But while losses might be a disparaging feeling for other coaches, Kazalski has been happy with the team's work ethic, which remains high despite the losses. The regular season for the Dolphins ends Wednesday with a home game vs. Bushwick Campus at 4 p.m.