Lady Dolphins Soar In Overtime Victory Over Hawks
Beach Channel Lady Dolphins soccer coach Dominic Stanco always expects 100% effort out of his players.
If the Dolphins play hard but yet the opponent winds up the victor, Stanco won't have many complaints about it at the end of the day.
But if a team such as the visiting Hillcrest scores the first 2 goals on Wednesday, Stanco just had bit to say to his team at halftime about their effort.
The result of his speech to the team was a 180 degree turn in effort and it was exactly what Stanco wanted to see.
The Lady Dolphins scored twice in the second half and Oyindamola Aregbesola broke the deadlock with an overtime goal as Beach Channel defeated Hillcrest 3-2.
Aregbesola's goal two minutes into the first 5-minute overtime was a result of hustle and good timing.
A failed clearance near the Hillcrest goal allowed the Beach Channel freshman forward to right-foot the ball underneath the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Aya Mohamed.
"They all know I'm really passionate," Stanco said. "If there is one word to describe about me with soccer is passion. I can't sit back and lose."
"They impressed me. It just comes down to heart. It's whoever wants it more." The goal ignited the second overtime celebration this week for the Lady Dolphins, who defeated Robert F. Wagner 2-1 last Monday afternoon.
"It's been great. A lot of frustration. I don't know, I just had to do something," said an excited Aregbesola.
Beach Channel kept their Queens B VI Division title hopes alive by improving their record to 6-2 along with 18 points. Richmond Hill remains in first place with a 7-1 record and 21 points. The two teams meet on May 13 at Beach Channel.
Stanco sees a team that's improving but also impresses him with their dedication to overcome adversity. It's shown the past two games where they've been down, but never folded when times when were tough.
It's that attitude that should hopefully carry over when the Dolphins will be the only PSAL B school to compete in the 8-team Elaine Hals Memorial Soccer Tournament on Sunday at James Madison High School.
"I've never been more proud of this team in a week with these girls," Stanco said.
"They impressed me. I don't know what else to say. They didn't give up. They believe in the system and they believe they can win."