Jamaica Wins Division Over Stunned BCHS
The winds had a detrimental effect also for the Beach Channel boys' soccer team. But the winds weren't the only problem for the Dolphins.
Jamaica High School senior forward Dan Chevau Brown blew his way pas the opposing defenses, scoring two of his three goals in the second half as the Beavers won 3-1.
Jamaica's victory was the first for a road team at Beach Channel in four years, and proved costly for their opponent.
Their first loss of the season gave Jamaica the opportunity to snatch away Beach Channel's opportunity to win a fourth straight a Queens B1 Division championship.
Jamaica defeated Campus Magnet the next day to win the division with a 13-1-0 record with 39 points. Beach Channel finished 12-1-1 and 37 points.
The head coach had labeled Jamaica one of the top PSAL B teams in the city after Beach Channel won a thrilling 5- 4 victory in their first match of the year.
Jamaica proved worthy of their billing. "They were definitely the better team," said Dolphins coach Dominic Stanco.
Beach Channel couldn't capitalize with the wind in their favor in the first half. Jose Baries scored on a stunning 45-yard free kick in the fourth minute but they wouldn't get many more chances to hit the net.
"We scored on a lucky goal 40 yards out but we didn't seem to ever settle down today. They guys were way over anxious and they did not just settle down at all today," Stanco said.
Jamaica held the ball with the wind in their favor for most of the second half. Brown, who scored in the first half, gave his the team a 2-1 lead with a goal in the fifth minute.
With the playoffs starting on Tuesday, Jamaica may get one of the top four #1 seeds. At presstime, the playoff seedings was not announced by the PSAL.
Stanco's job is to get his team ready to overcome a loss that won't stick in their mind in what should be a home first round playoff game on Tuesday afternoon.
"As a coach if I would have to look as a positive that the best thing for us going into the playoffs is that we're hungry and we're hungry for a win going into the playoffs," said Stanco.
Far Rock Football Bounces Back
Information Technology High School last Saturday afternoon posed an early test to see if the Far Rockaway Seahorses could bounce back from a tough 29-6 loss to undefeated South Bronx.
The Seahorses showed the mental fortitude to get back on the winning track as touchdown runs from QB Daniel Marc Sears and RB Gregory Ibe proved the difference in a 19-6 win at Bayside High School.
The Seahorses improved to 5-1 and the tone of the game was set by their defense. Four team sacks and the contributions of Christopher Rainey and Justin Williams with seven tackles each combined to stop Info Tech from getting into the end zone in the second half.
"Our defense played very well and except against South Bronx, we've been pretty stingy," said head coach Walt Wilkerson.
Information Technology cut the Far Rockaway lead to 7-6 in the second quarter on a 40-yard touchdown pass from QB Christopher Bohan to WR Shaniyat Chowdhury.
Far Rockaway and especially Ibe had a quick answer on the ensuing kickoff. Ibe ran through open holes and finished off an electrifying 90-yard kickoff return which upped the Seahorses lead to 13-6.
Ibe finished with 122 yards on the ground and scored two touchdowns. QB Daniel Marc Sears rushed for a 5- yard touchdown. The Seahorses finished a stretch of three straight road games in which they went 2-1.
"I wanted to see how we would bounce back and we did pretty ok. Info Tech gave us a game but I was pleased that we did a good job in bouncing back," Wilkerson said.
Homecoming Day awaits the Seahorses on Saturday afternoon as they host Adlai Stevenson (0-7) at 12 p.m.
Seahorses Soccer Finally Wins
Olufemi Ogunsola provided the Far Rockaway Seahorses with a brilliant display in what has been a dismal season for the boys' soccer team.
Ogunsola scored three goals, which was the difference in Far Rockaway's first win of the season, 4-2, over August Martin last Tuesday afternoon.
Their victory came in the regular season finale after going winless in 11 games. Far Rockaway finished the season at 1-11-2 in the Queens B1 Division. Oscar Gomez chipped in a goal, David Hernandez had 2 assists and goalkeeper Louis Peterson made 8 saves for the Seahorses.