Beach Channel Dolphins Eliminated By Edison In PenaltyKicks
It was an exhausting afternoon for the Beach Channel boys' soccer team on Tuesday. The Dolphins team had battled through injuries and after playing 100 minutes of action against the second seed Thomas Edison, penalty kicks would decide the winner. But for all of Beach Channel's continual persistence, they could not stop Edison from coming away with the victory.
Lukasz Kownacki scored the game winning penalty kick for the Inventors as they won the game 4-2, and advanced to the PSAL B semifinals at Martin Van Buren High School.
Dolphins forward Hugo Romero's penalty kick hit the left post and dribbled away from the goal. After Kownacki's goal made it 4-2, Dolphins senior midfielder Jose Baires' right-footed shot clanged off the right goalpost and ended the game.
Beach Channel re-entered the tournament after the PSAL ruled their Prospect Heights Campus had used two illegal players in the second round and had to forfeit a 3-2 victory.
The Dolphins battled hard against Edison, despite a huge blow to 25-goal scorer Carlos Mejia. The senior forward sprained his right ankle in a practice the day before the game, and while he played for most of the game, his explosiveness was limited for the most part.
Mejia had a few chances at the net, but ultimately did not have the speed to get past the Edison defenders.
"Carlos couldn't be the way he usually is. But he played well today," said Beach Channel coach Dominick Stanco.
"He was still playing good at 50% and maybe if he was 100%, he'd make a difference."
But Channel kept fighting, and was in the game despite key players such as Baires and Ryan Creese also gutting through injuries. They kept the game scoreless for the 80-minutes of regulation and the two 10-minute overtime sessions.
Creese, a senior midfielder, believed his team played well enough to win.
"It wasn't just one person. It was all of us who couldn't win today. Injuries had nothing to do with it. It was the best man who wins it," Creese said.
Stanco has heard that the team may get moved next year to the PSAL A Division. But that decision won't come until the spring.
For now, all that he wants to think about is to congratulate his players for a job well done.
"They played their hearts out. They showed they belong," Stanco said. "To go into double overtime and get it into penalty shots, the guys played great. And when it comes to penalty kicks, someone has to win."