2009-05-15 / Sports

Lady Dolphins Save Title Hopes With Win

By Elio Velez

Beach Channel goalkeeper Cynthia Campos (right) dives down to make a save and avoid Richmond Hill forward Erika Juarez. Photo by Peter Borriello. Beach Channel goalkeeper Cynthia Campos (right) dives down to make a save and avoid Richmond Hill forward Erika Juarez. Photo by Peter Borriello. Early on in the PSAL B girls' soccer season, Cynthia Campos was still trying to learn of the toughest positions on the field.

The sophomore joined the team and put on the goalkeepers gloves. The experiences she gained early in the campaign helped the Lady Dolphins capture an important late regular season victory.

Campos made three key saves in the second half, stopping breakways by Richmond Hills' two top goalscorers as Beach Channel recorded a 1-0 victory last Wednesday afternoon. Beach Channel coach Dominic Stanco and the rest of the team mobbed Campos with hugs after the game for making some key second half stops.

"She did fantastic. I picked the right goalie. She didn't know when she came out to tryouts, she was going to be our goalie," said a smiling Stanco. "That was one of my coach's senses and so far it's paid off; she has eight shutouts,"

The 5-9 Campos stopped Erika Flores (12 goals) and eight goal scorer Ericka Flores from point blank range and from tying the game minutes apart in the second half.

A tie would have given Richmond Hill a clear chance at a division crown. Oyindamola Aregbesola's goal in the first five minutes of the game stood up as the Lady Dolphins clinched a tie for the Queens BVI Division. Beach Channel and Richmond Hill are now tied with a 10-2 record.

A Dolphins win at Far Rockaway (0-12) on Monday at 4 p.m. in the regular season finale will secure them at least a tie for the division crown. At the same time, Richmond Hill will take on Campus Magnet in the Lions' season finale.

Campos says the team is gaining momentum and belief after Beach Channel finished runner- up as the Elaine Hals Memorial Tournament on May 3. The Lady Dolphins advanced past seven A teams to make the final before losing to Francis Lewis.

"I was scared they were actually going to make it in. I was nervous. I didn't want them to get it because we made so far and to get that far, I wouldn't like it," Campos said.

Dolphins Aced By New Utrecht

It was 5 p.m. at Hunter College in Manhattan when New Utrecht stepped on the volleyball court ready to play their second round PSAL volleyball game. Their opponents on the other end wasn't ready as of yet. Beach Channel, the number 22 seed that had stunned the number 11 Hunter College High School in the first round, had a host of problems just getting on the court.

Murphy's Law applied to the Dolphins last Tuesday afternoon. In which anything that can go wrong, will go wrong, Beach Channel suffered a playoff exit, losing in two sets, 25-15 and 25-22 to sixth seed New Utrecht.

Some members of the team had arrived just minutes prior to the 5 p.m. gametime. Beach Channel coach Gail Rothfeld had arrived five minutes late, apologizing to her team as she believed the game would start at 6 p.m.

When Beach Channel finally got on the floor they struggled in both sets to contain the undefeated Utes. The Dolphins made their best run in the second set, recording five straight points to cut the lead to 23-21, but couldn't get any closer.

"Everybody was mad today. How could we play well when everyone is mad one another? How could you play well when the ref is calling the wrong things?" said senior co-captain Slawomir Wloch, who is one of nine seniors on the team to graduate.

"It's a part of life I guess. You win sometimes and you gotta lose sometimes."

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