2008-05-23 / Sports

Beach Channel Splashes Goals In Peninsula Victory

By Elio Velez

When Dominic Stanco returned to his car late Tuesday afternoon, the Beach Channel girls' soccer coach was completely drenched from head to toe from the driving torrential rains.

But instead of worrying about chills future worries about pneumonia, Stanco was smiling after his Lady Dolphins had just finished playing their last PSAL regular season with a flourish.

Despite inclement weather, Jodian Braham scored a hat trick by netting three goals to add to her season total of 19 as Beach Channel won 4-1 over Far Rockaway.

Braham was focused on playing well that as one of the team captains, the senior told her teammates to shed their jackets and warm up despite the rain pouring on their heads. With three straight goals that broke a 1-1 tie, Braham's excellent performance was just what Stanco wanted on a dreary day.

"She was positive today. Jodian played well. She came to play today. She was telling them to take off those coats and get ready to play," Stanco said.

Going into the third and last game played between the peninsula rivals at Far Rockaway High Schools, the rainy conditions was expected to play a factor. Beach Channel (8-1-3, 27 points) needed to win and get a loss from Queens B VI first place leaders John Adams, who was facing Springfield Gardens, to clinch a tie for the division crown. Far Rockaway (4-7-1,13 points), needed to win, and leapfrog over Springfield Gardens for the last playoff.

But It was clear early that Braham, the strong and tough midfielder/forward had something to prove in her final regular season game.

Shaddae Williams scored first for Beach Channel in the third minute to take a 1-0 lead. Elian Flores' tap-in goal would tie the game at 1 in the 24th minute. Braham then went on a tear, giving the Dolphins a 2-1 lead on her 15-yard left footed shot sailed over the head of Seahorses' goalkeeper Marilyn Perez in the 32nd minute.

Braham's two second half goals in the eighth and 32nd minute gave the Dolphins victory but not the division crown. John Adams clinched with a 1- 0 overtime win to defeat Springfield Gardens.

But the bad news doesn't overshadow Stanco's belief that his Lady Dolphins are playing well at the right time.

At presstime, the PSAL has yet to decide who will be their first round opponent on Tuesday afternoon. Most liekly, BCHS will host a playoff game.

The postseason should be quite normal for Stanco, who guided the boys' team last fall to the PSAL B championship before losing to familiar foe John Adams.

"They play with heart just like the boys. The difference is experience," Stanco said. "These girls give it their all. They play with their heart and they give it everything they got. These girls have passion."

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