2009-03-27 / Sports

Lady Dolphins Defeat Cold and Springfield Gardens In Home Opener

By Elio Velez

On a nice spring day, Beach Channel High School can be a pleasant place to play. But March 23, with the temperatures heading to the freezing mark and winds whipping 25 miles per hour can make the football/soccer field a tough place to play.

The Lady Dolphins soccer team is used to those frigid conditions and they displayed that advantage. Beach Channel showed enough heat on the field to run past their opponents Springfield Gardens for a 3-0 victory in the first game of the PSAL B soccer season.

Beach Channel will need to find other players to step up scoring wise to replace the graduated Jodian Braham. Last year, Braham scored 19 goals and helped lead the team to the B quarterfinals.

But coach Dominic Stanco found three different goalscorers to fill the void at least last Monday. Freshman Oyindamola Aregbesola scored the opening goal ten minutes into the game. Shanice Patterson and Diane Hernandez also scored for Beach Channel.

"It's hard to judge the game when you have this kind of wind and weather," Stanco said. "My hope is that we are going to be a diverse team.Nobody kicks the ball like Jodi did. But they're aggressive and they run to the ball. They played hard and we played physical."

The Dolphins will have early road tests this Tuesday at Campus Magnet and at Flushing Meadows Park on Thursday at 4 p.m. against Richmond Hill.

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Down 6-3 at halftime against the Tottenville Lady Pirates, Beach Channel Dolphins coach Sam Innes made a few switches tactically that worked out well. Beach Channel came back to win 12-10 in overtime and improve to 2-0 this season.

"It's a big win for us," Innes said. "We lost to them in the semifinals last year. They'd made the finals the last two out of three years."

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