Lady Dolphins Get Off To Surging Start
What concerned the Lady Dolphins more than anything in the second half was trying to prevent any chance that Campus Magnet could score a goal.
It would have ruined their perfect start to the season in which they have gone 5-0 to lead the PSAL Queens B VI Division and not allow a goal.
But since it didn’t happen, the Dolphins left the field celebrating another victory. There is good chemistry flowing from a team who has a good mix of older and younger players that play aggressively and can put goals up on the scoreboard. “They have all the chemistry and the heart to play, that’s the main thing,” said Lady Dolphins coach Osei Akoto.
They also spread the wealth when it comes to goal scoring. Junior Oyindamola Aregbesola leads with 5 goals, while Elena Pinto and Samantha Andino are not far behind with 4 goals.
Pinto is just glad to be on the field and contributing. After an injury plagued season in 2009 in which she broke her thumb and only played nine games, it’s been quite a turnaround for the senior.
“I just feel more confident. I’m not getting any injuries,” Pinto said. I’ve been working out the whole summer and ready to go.”
Samantha Andino, a junior who is 31 seconds older than her teammate and twin sister Estefan Andino, credits the team’s hard work and the contributions from the returning and new players in their undefeated start. “We know we are hyped this year. We feel we are going to take it all the way. We all practiced and we help each other,” Samantha Andino said. “We lost a lot of players, but we got a lot of new players. The freshmen and sophomores are getting better.”
The Dolphins will be put to the test with three tough games starting on Sunday. Beach Channel will have a crossover game against Newcomers at Forest Hills High School on Sunday at 12 p.m. The Dolphins will then travel to second place Springfield Gardens on October 1 and face another crossover game against Frank Sinatra on October 3.
“Every round is getting higher now. We got Newcomers and Wagner coming up,” Akoto said. “We’re going to see how we play against them.”
Far Rockaway secured their first win of the season due to the heroics of Khalilah Hughes. The sophomore scored twice, which also included the game winning goal in overtime to help the Lady Seahorses (1- 4) win 2-1 over John Adams in PSAL Queens VI B action. The victory was the first for new coach Dez- Ann Romain. Far Rockaway had to forfeit their first three games due to eligibility issues.
The season has gone quite well for the Beach Channel/ Channel View Dolphins on the road so far. Freshman RB Diequan Underwood rushed for three touchdowns as the Dolphins upended South Bronx, 36-6, at Alfred E. Smith High School in the Bronx last Sunday afternoon.
Senior RB Mahamed Sidibe also scored a rushing touchdown and TE Demetrius Pelt nabbed a touchdown pass from QB Patrick Burrello.
The Dolphins offense continues to excel with their rushing attack, piling up a total of over 300 yards on the ground. They have scored 70 points, while the defense has allowed only six points in two games. While it has been a good start, Nazario is trying to keep his team from having a swelled head.
Nazario admitted last year his team may have been a bit too confident, and that played a big part in the Dolphins not making the playoffs with a 5-4 record.
“I don’t want the kids to get that way. We are taking games one at a time and we are focusing on playing South Shore on Saturday.”
Beach Channel will host their first home game at 12 p.m. on Saturday against South Shore (0-2).
Seahorses Lose At Home
Nijel Walls rushed for 180 yards and scored three touchdowns as visiting Adlai Stevenson High School defeated Far Rockaway/FDA VI (0-2) 18-6 last Sunday. The Seahorses will try to get their first win today as they travel to Brooklyn to take on Franklin K. Lane (1-2) at 4 p.m.