2008-06-06 / Sports

QSHT Teaches Winning Lesson To Lady Dolphins

By Elio Velez

Head coach Dominic Stanco talks to his Beach Channel team at halftime. Photos By Peter Borriello. Head coach Dominic Stanco talks to his Beach Channel team at halftime. Photos By Peter Borriello. As the seconds ticked down in the second half of their quarterfinal playoff game against Queens High School of Teaching on Monday afternoon, Beach Channel's enthusiasm began to slowly wilt.

Their reasons of fading wasn't only because the increasing temperatures which baked the Samuel J. Tilden soccer field. Beach Channel's PSAL B playoff run was buoyed by the fact the #11 seeded Lady Dolphins defeated #6 seed School of the Future, 2-1, on May 29 in the second round.

Unfortunately for the Dolphins opponent, #14 seed Queens High School of Teaching, the opposition would enact their game winning lesson plan. Two goals in the first half and the game winning score by Amanda Viteri with 10 minutes remaining, gave QHST a 3-2 victory over Beach Channel.

QHST's #14 seed is not a true ranking of their high level of offensive execution and the overall play. The previous season, the Tigers went 11-1.

Injuries affected their regular season performance, as they went 7-4 and placed second in the Queens B V Division.

Beach Channel midfielder Sarah Restrepo (left) tries to fend off a QHST defender. Beach Channel midfielder Sarah Restrepo (left) tries to fend off a QHST defender. But their health has returned in the playoffs, especially with top scorer Alyssa Faller recovering from a quadriceps and leg injuries to put the first goal of the game past Beach Channel goalkeeper Marissa Clarke.

Faller, who scored 32 goals last year, was just one of many the talented players, which could push the Bellerose school to a title.

Dominic Stanco knew that even if they were the higher seed on paper in this matchup, he had to admit that QHST was the better team.

"Without a doubt that wasn't a 14 seed. Alyssa was injured most of the season and they lost 4 games so you can't make them a high seed," Stanco said.

"But the girl comes back healthy just in time," Stanco joked. They're a #1 seed. They're definitely going to go to the final four and the championship."

Beach Channel showed the sense of urgency asked for by head coach Dominic Stanco at halftime. The Lady Dolphins stayed close in the second half, cutting the deficit in the 15th minute to 2-1 on a Shanice Walters goal.

But despite the Lady Dolphins siege at the net, they couldn't get the tying goal. QSHT's Amanda Viteri crossed a left footed shot past Clarke, who stopped 10 shots in only her fourth start in goal, to take a commanding 3-1 lead.

Jodian Braham, who sparkled with two goals against School of the Future, cut the lead to 3-2 on a 15-yard free kick that sailed over goalkeeper Gabriela Minueza.

But that goal, which came in the 40th and final minute of the game, was the final kick that the senior Braham would take in her high school career.

Stanco, who noted his team played with heart throughout the playoff campaign, had to impart a sad lesson to his team.

I've always said that as a coach, I preach first that you've got to have heart. You got to love it when you play this game… You got to play for the joy of it," Stanco said.

"The girls are upset. But I told the girls that only one team gets to end of the season winning. It's the team who wins the championship and we were one of the other 23 teams that has to end the season on a loss."

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