2009-09-11 / Sports

Lady Dolphins Handle Soccer Season Switch

By Elio Velez

Beach Channel/Channel View High School's new girls soccer coach Osei Akoto is prepared to handle the obstacles that all of the other soccer coaches in the PSAL are facing.

An assistant to former coach Dominic Stanco the past two years, Akoto takes over a team that returns plenty of starters from last year's Queens BVI Division champions. Stanco gave up the girls' job to continue coaching the boys,

But there isn't just the adjustment of getting to coach his team. Akoto knows there is a lot of upheaval going on as the PSAL switched the girls' soccer season from the spring to this fall.

"The obstacles are there. We just got to get around them, get there and play the game. There's nothing we can do about it. We can't change it now," Akoto said.

There will be times during the week that the soccer field won't be available due to boys' soccer games or football practices. The girls have gotten used to setting up cones for practices on the BCHS baseball outfield. And with games taking place on weekends, traveling from Rockaway to play soccer games at Francis Lewis High School or at Flushing Meadows Park might at times be an ordeal.

But no matter what's the situation, Akoto's job is to prepare a veteran team to win their second division crown.

Beach Channel will host on Far Rockaway on September 17 at 4 p.m.

"For me in the end, my thing is just seeing them play and to be a part of their development and growth. I just want them to win," Akoto said. "It doesn't matter when they play."

Sophomore Oyindamola Aregbesola says the most important thing is just getting on the field to play.

"I'm just one of those who want to play for the love of the game," the 15- year old said. "I don't think its any problem. I think its fine."

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