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Red Storm men’s soccer draws with Manhattan Jaspers in exhibition match


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy St. John's Athletics

The St. John’s Red Storm began its exhibition schedule with a 1-1 draw against the Manhattan Jaspers at Belson Stadium on Aug. 15. A total of 20 Red Storm players saw action in the contest, including eight newcomers.

The game, which was played in three 30-minute periods, saw the Red Storm goalkeepers Andrew Withers, Michael Bernardi and Jordan Stagmiller each play one 30-minute period with Stagmiller recording the lone Red Storm save.

“It was good for us to open our exhibition season with a tough and physical match against a quality Manhattan squad,” said Dr. Dave Masur, head coach for the Red Storm soccer team. “We used a lot of players tonight because we have a number of newcomers and it was important for them to get their feet wet.”

Manhattan had only one shot in the first period, but made it count and grabbed an early 1-0 lead. A 40-yard strike from just inside the right sideline caught goaltender Withers off his line and came down just below the crossbar to put the Jaspers on the board.

St. John’s, meanwhile, tallied three corner kicks in the first period and registered a pair of shots, but none found the back of the net.

The Red Storm added three more shots in the second period as well as two corner kicks, but could not level the score as the Jaspers maintained their 1-0 advantage.

The Jaspers held their lead until Prosuk found the back of the net nearly midway through the third period. Marcus Lindqvist started the play with a cross into the box from the left sideline. Prosuk received the ball at the near post and buried a close-range goal to tie the game at 1-1.

“I thought our guys did a good job moving the ball and creating some opportunities,” Masur said.

Neither team could muster a tie-breaking goal before the final whistle.

St. John’s returns to action and concludes exhibition play on Aug. 22 with a 1 p.m. road game at Penn State.

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Girl, 10, dies after collapsing at Queens College soccer camp


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THE COURIER/File photo

A South Jamaica girl died on Monday after collapsing during a soccer camp at Queens College, according to police.

Laura Palma of 97th Avenue was participating in the Flushing camp just before 3:15 p.m. when she said that she wasn’t feeling well. Seconds later, according to published reports, she collapsed and lost consciousness.

Officers from the 107th Precinct and EMS units rushed to the scene and found Palma in cardiac arrest. Paramedics rushed her to New York Hospital Queens, where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

Her body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death.

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Several BWG soccer teams bring home championships over Father’s Day weekend


| agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com

Photo courtesy Blau Weiss Gottschee Soccer Club

It was a successful weekend for all of the Blau Weiss Gottschee (BWG) teams that took the pitch, with some teams capturing championships, while others fell just short.

The BWG U11 Girls took first place at the North Rockland Soccer Association Father’s Day Cup. To capture first place, the girls beat the North Rockland Rebels 2-1, Greenburgh United 7-0, Larchmont White Eagles 4-0 and tied against WSSL Red Bulls 0-0.

The BWG U15 Pre-Academy team won the Northeast Pre-Academy Championship with a 2-0 victory over PDA. The boys will now travel to the national tournament in July. The U12 team won the Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League (CJSL) City Cup while playing in an older division. The U13 team lost their semifinal game against the Cedar Stars.

The BWG U13 Girls went undefeated in the Long Island Junior Soccer League to win the D3 championship and took second place in the CJSL City Cup.

The BWG 2000 Blue team won the Eastern New York Championship by beating GJOA in the finals 1-0.

On the academy side, the U14, U16 and U18 teams traveled to Indiana to play in the National United States Soccer Federation Academy playoffs against other MLS teams and academies from all over the country.

In the Super Y league, the BWG U12 team traveled to Pottersville, New Jersey, and won their first game of the season against FC New Jersey, 4-0.

The U13 Girls team failed to win their championship, as they lost in the city final. The Girls U9 Blue ended their season with a 6-2 win over Merrick. They finished in second place in their New York Club Soccer League division, with only one loss on the season.

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BWG teams compete in Memorial Day tournaments


| agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com

Photo courtesy Blau Weiss Gottschee

Blau Weiss Gottschee (BWG) teams competed in several Memorial Day tournaments over the holiday weekend with great success.

U8 Blue played some great soccer in Commack. They were able to compete against older players and finished second place. U8 Blue won games against Boca Soccer and Dutch Soccer, tied New York Stars and lost to Long Island United.

The U10 Royals went undefeated in Massapequa and won first place in that tournament. They played some very close games but were able to win each one of them. On their way to first place, they defeated Massapequa, Port Washington, Garden City and Port Soccer.

The U10 Girls finished in second place in Massapequa with a record of three wins and one loss.

The 2002 Blue team played in the U13 top division tournament. They were victorious against Eastern FC, Long Island United and Massapequa. However, the kids lost 1-0 against West Islip, to take home second place honors.

On the academy side, it was a great weekend for BWG. All three teams shut out Seacoast United from New Hampshire. U14 won 3-0; U16 won 4-0; and U18 won 5-0. U16 is at the top of their division, while U18 moved closer to a playoff spot with the big win.

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BWG boys beat undefeated South Bronx United


| agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com

Photo courtesy Blau Weiss Gottschee soccer club.

The Blau Weiss Gottschee (BWG) U19 boys soccer team battled undefeated South Bronx United in a Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League (CJSL) game, and came away with a 3-1 win. It took less than five minutes for Nico Vasilakos to find the back of the net and striker Chris Kilcarr added another goal before South Bronx got on the board on a free kick. BWG’s Vasilakos scored his second goal, and that was enough to give BWG the victory. Next week BWG will head to Brooklyn to take on Brooklyn United.

The BWG U8 Blue played a good game against their counterparts from Brooklyn, the SC Gjoa. BWG won the game 3-2.

The BWG U9 White team lost against Chelsea Piers 2-3. Marco Bogdanovic and Lautaro Artigala each scored a goal in the loss.

The Korabi Eagles defeated the BWG 2004 White team by a score of 1-3, while the BWG Royals 2004 won their game against Islas Malvinas, 2-0.

The BWG girls U9 Blue team celebrated two victories this weekend. The girls advanced to the NY Cup semifinals with a 3-1 win against the Syosset Red Hots on Saturday. Stefanie Stimpfl scored two goals and Eva Gonzalez contributed one. They also defeated Busby SA Thunder in league play on Sunday, with Abby Jalocha scoring the lone goal for the 1-0 win.

The BWG girls U10 won their game against Samba 4-1. Ashley Kieblesz scored a hat trick and Erika Strumpf added one goal in the win.

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BWG stars commit to college


| agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com

Photo courtesy Blau Weiss Gottschee soccer club.

Several players from the Blau Weiss Gottschee (BWG) soccer club have decided to take the next step in their soccer-playing careers by committing to play soccer for their colleges of choice.

Those athletes who will continue to play soccer are (pictured from left to right) Donovan Cesar, going to Mercy College; Nicholas Montgomery, attending Haverford College; Ryan Ott, committed to Bucknell University; John Pappas, attending Marshall University; Grant Burg, going to Lafayette College; Michael Balzan, playing at the University of Hartford; Lasha Alkhazishvili, committed to the University of Rochester; Johnathan Epstein, going to Kenyon College; and Christian Casagranda, playing at Quinnipiac University. Not pictured is Carlos Bonilla, who will play for Suffolk Community College.

The younger BWG teams took the pitch this weekend to continue their campaign in the Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League (CJSL).

The BWG U8 White team defeated the Brooklyn Lions by a score of 3-2. At Juniper Valley Park in Middle Village, the BWG U8 Blue team tied against FC Select 2-2.

In a head-to-head match in the CJSL, the BWG 2004 White team defeated BWG 2004 Royal team by a score of 6-5.

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BWG soccer teams were at it again this weekend


| agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com

Photo courtesy of Blau Weiss Gottschee

Many of the Blau Weiss Gottschee soccer teams took the pitch this weekend seeking victory.

The biggest story for the BWG teams was the BWG Girls 98 Blue team winning the 2015 NYC College Showcase Tournament. They defeated the Bridgeport Premier team 1-0 in the finals of the tournament.

The BWG Blue U8 team played a very good game and beat Vera Soccer Club 6-2 in their second game of the Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League’s (CJSL) A Division. In the same division, the BWG Royals were victorious 1-0 against Korabi SC.

The BWG U9 White team played two games over the weekend, but failed to win either game. BWG fell 1-2 against FC Select Orange and lost 5-0 against Chelsea Piers.

In the second game of the young CJSL season, the BWG 2004 White lost to the Manhattan Kickers 2004 by a score of 3-8.

The BWG pre-academy 2002 teams played over the weekend as well with mixed results. The BWG 2002 White team won their game against Oakwood, 6-5. The BWG 2002 Blue team tied both of their contests, 4-4 against NYSC and 1-1 against Albertson.

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BWG soccer teams open up spring season with big wins


| agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com

Photo courtesy BWG Soccer

Many of the Blau Weiss Gottschee (BWG) soccer club teams kicked off their 2015 spring seasons on Saturday, March 28.

The BWG U8 Blue team had its first league game of the spring season and dominated the entire match, winning 8-2 against Dutch Total Soccer.

The BWG U9 White team played two matches over the weekend. In the first contest, the U9 team won 3-0 versus the Manhattan Kickers. Goals were scored by Jakub Rembiszewski, Malik Mashrigi and Kevin Uni.

In the second game of the young Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League (CJSL) season, the BWG U9 White team beat PSG 3-1. Goals were scored by Joaquin Franco, Marco Bogdanovick and Dylan Gage.

In its first game of the season in CJSL, the BWG 2004 White U10 team defeated NY Stars Premier Pulsar by a score of 7-1. The U10 team took a four-goal lead in the first half with a quick passing attack. Fortunately in the second half, the BWG team was able to keep up the pressure and preserve its large lead.

The BWG U10 girls won their opening game against Gotham Girls FC 9-1. Goals by Ashley Keiblesz (3), Ashley Chimborazo (2), Alexa Kieblesz, Sydney Morgan, Isabella Muro and Raquel Gonzalez sealed the deal in this one-sided match.

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Inclusive Queens soccer program teaches kids skills beyond the field


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of Soccer Kids NYC

BY ANGELA MATUA

A new soccer program for children in Queens hopes to have kids setting goals on and off the field.

Soccer Kids NYC was created by Noe Canales in September 2014 after he noticed that other programs did not focus on teaching lessons that could translate to all aspects of a child’s life.

Canales said that Soccer Kids NYC strives to teach not only the fundamentals of soccer but also skills that children can utilize off the field like teamwork, respect and perseverance.

Soccer Kids NYC differs from other programs in several ways. Canales, who is a certified special education teacher, integrates children with special needs into all classes. He hopes to remove the stigma that families of special needs children typically deal with.

“Soccer Kids NYC wants to help in getting rid of that pervasive thinking,” Canales said of the three-month course that costs $179. “Our mission cuts across all lines; our program is for children with special needs and typically developing children. We don’t believe in labels except for our kids’ names.”

He believes this inclusiveness contributes to the program’s 99 percent retention rate. The coaches at Soccer Kids NYC also strive to make their classes affordable for everyone, he said. Though children typically attend classes once a week, students are encouraged to join other classes if there is available space at no extra cost. They also provide a refund to all families who are not satisfied with the program.

Scouting the right coaches is important for Canales, who is also a teacher at TheraCare Preschool Services, a preschool in Rego Park that accommodates children with and without special needs. Coaches are trained extensively until they are ready to lead a class. This approach is the reason he can provide a quality program, he said.

“My experience with larger programs has been that they will first find a location to expand and then work on hiring and staffing those classes with a coach,” Canales said. “This approach hinders the quality of a program as many times these coaches are not fully trained to lead a class and consequently, our kids get the short end of the stick.”

Every season, parents are encouraged to leave feedback for the coaches. Canales said they have not received any negative feedback yet, but the coaches still come together to reflect on ways to make the program better.

The feedback has been all amazing,” Canales said. “This is something that we feel extremely proud of.”

Classes are taught in Bayside, Woodhaven, Middle Village, Elmhurst, Flushing, Kew Gardens and other parts of Queens. Canales said they are not in a rush to expand but would like to eventually teach classes in other parts of Queens and New York.

 

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NY Cosmos introduce Raúl


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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In a press conference held on Tuesday at the Four Season Hotel in New York, Soccer legend, Raúl Gonzalez Blanco, was officially introduced by the New York Cosmos as their new signing for the 2015 North American Soccer League (NASL) season.

Raúl built his legendary career playing for Real Madrid, a Spanish Club considered by many to be the among the top three soccer clubs in the world. His professional career with “el club merengue” lasted 16 years, from 1994 through 2010. In his tenure, Raúl became the club’s leading scorer, was instrumental in the winning 6 La Liga championships, three UEFA Championships and several other national titles. After leaving Real, he played for Schalke in the Bundesliga and for Al-Sadd in Qatar.

“As an organization, we are committed to laying the strongest foundation possible, on which to build our future success” Said the Chairman, of the Cosmos, Seamus O’Brien. “Raúl’s commitment, not only to play but to lead our academy in the years ahead, is central to our plans ensuring our long-term growth and development. But perhaps most importantly, for building the ties to the communities, in which we live and work.”

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Site near Aqueduct could be home to new MLS stadium: report


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A new soccer stadium is trying to kick its way near Aqueduct Racetrack.

After plans to build the New York City Football Club’s new stadium in the South Bronx fell through, developers are now looking at land near the Aqueduct Racetrack, according to a published report.

The owners of the club, Manchester City Football Club and the New York Yankees, are looking to develop the stadium near the racetrack because they believe there is “an abundance of land primed for development,” according to Capital New York.

This plan for an MLS stadium would be the second one proposed in Queens. Plans fell through for the first soccer venture in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

The club is working with city administrators to find a proper fit for the stadium.

“The administration is committed to working with the City Council and the NYCFB club to identify an appropriate site in New York City to host a world class soccer stadium and facility,” Phil Walzak, a spokesman for the de Blasio administration, told Capital New York.

But the possibility for a new stadium in south Queens was met with skepticism from local politicians.

“Currently, I am extremely hesitant to welcome a soccer stadium to the Aqueduct site,” state Sen. Joe Addabbo said. “Exact location and size of the stadium, traffic patterns, public safety and the certain impact on the surrounding neighborhood quality of life are just some of the issues that I would need answers to in examining this proposal. My constituents need as many facts as possible now, as we start to have discussions on this issue.”

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US Open inadvertently shines a light on local soccer


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

For many tennis fans the US Open is the closest thing to heaven.

The chance to watch the world’s premier tennis players battle for the country’s top title and partake in numerous tennis-related activities draws some 700,000 fans annually to the two-week sporting event in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

But inadvertently, the Grand Slam literally shone a light on soccer as The Courier observed fans of the world’s most popular sport playing games under the lights of a US Open parking lot on Monday—the tournament’s opening night.

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The soccer players were of various ages and played mixed-gender pick-up games, complete with two white mini goals.

Anyone who frequents Flushing Meadows Corona Park knows how popular soccer is for local players and fans. On any given day—with appropriate climate conditions—the fields are occupied with soccer matches for various age groups.

The sport is so popular officials tried to build a 20,000 to 25,000-seat stadium in the park for a new MLS team. But park advocates fought to keep the stadium out.

Since the soccer fields don’t have lights, most stop playing when it becomes night time, according to players.

However, temporary lights have been set up in the US Open “H” parking lot near the New York Hall of Science as evening matches tend to run late into the night, giving Queens soccer lovers some extra playing time.

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Woodside resident writes book on famed Brazilian soccer player


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THE COURIER/Photos by Angy Altamirano

One Woodside resident has scored a goal in the literary world.

Dominique Beaucant, who is originally from France and came to the United States in 1978, is the author of the privately published book called “Garrincha – O Rei Dos Reis,” meaning “Garrincha – A King of Kings.”

The book looks back on the life of Brazilian soccer player Garrincha, whose real name was Manuel “Mané” Francisco dos Santos.

Garrincha, who passed away in 1983, was known for his “dribble” on the soccer field and also for his bent legs which did not prevent him from helping the South American national team take home World Cup titles in 1958 and 1962. He was referred to as nicknames such as “People’s Joy” and “Bent–Legged Angel.”

“He was more than a soccer player, he was a phenomenon,” Beaucant said. “When I saw a book that came out in 1995, I said, ‘You know what? I’m going to do a book one day that gives justice to this great player.’”

The 56-year-old Woodside resident began learning about Brazilian soccer players from his sixth-grade teacher Walter Durando in France. Every time he got together with his teacher he would ask to learn more and before making his trip to America he was given a collection of hundreds of magazine and newspaper clippings of the soccer duo.

As the years went by, his admiration for Garrincha grew into more than just hobby.

“That’s how it started and I never stopped,” Beaucant said. “I was fascinated by the guy, who he was and what he did on the field.”

In 1995, Beaucant, who has been a freelance writer and chef, began jotting down notes on Garrincha and throughout the years kept filling his drawers with hundreds of notes. In 2011, he began combining the notes and started writing the 288-page book.

To complete the book, which is written in Portuguese, contains 245 photographs and comes in a slip case, Beaucant looked back at his large Garrincha collection of newspaper and magazine clippings and images.

He has also traveled to Brazil and Europe for seven years, meeting Garrincha’s family and childhood friends.

More than 100 photographs in the book are never-before-seen images from the French sports newspaper “L’Equipe.”

Each book will be sold individually by Beaucant for $150 and he is plans of taking out a second book on Garrincha as well.

“I never did this book to make money. I never did this book to make a big profit,” Beaucant said. “This book is a result of all of my love, admiration, infatuation, respect and admiration for Garrincha.”

Although the book was printed by a company in New Jersey, the typesetting, cover design and embossing was done by Ebrahim Jaffer of Triboro Printing located at 25-02 Steinway St. in Astoria.

“[Garrincha] is no longer with us physically, but with this book his spirit and his soul [are] still living,”

Beaucant said. “The angel with bent legs, how he was known before, somehow is being reborn and the divine angel that he was is going to fly again.”

For more information or to purchase a book you can email Beaucant at copade58brasilcampeao@aim.com or call 718-626-0486.

 

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Queens College soccer alum to train with Liverpool, Arsenal, AC Milan


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy Queens College

After recovering from six surgeries, former Queens College soccer captain Peter Touros is making strides toward his dream to become a pro.

The Astoria native was chosen as one of five grand prize winners in Gatorade’s “Unreal Around the World” contest and will have the opportunity to train with elite football clubs Liverpool, Arsenal, Barcelona, AC Milan and Boca Juniors. He’ll also travel to Brazil for a scrimmage game at Maracanã Stadium, the site of the 2014 World Cup final.

“It’s absolutely tremendous. He’s a great kid and he has been through a lot,” said Queens College soccer head coach Carl Christian. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I compare it to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It’s the golden ticket.”

Touros, who scored five goals and led the 2013 Queens College team to a 9-5-3 overall record, suffered three of his six injuries — a torn labrum and two ACL tears — during his soccer college career.

The Gatorade contest challenged entrants to demonstrate how training and hard work could translate into success. Touros submitted a video entitled “6 Surgeries Won’t Stop Me,” in which he performed a number of high level shots. Now he’ll be able to train with some of the world’s top teams.

“After all I think he’s been through, it’s well-deserved,” Christian said.

Click here to see Touros’ video.

 

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Ridgewood, Glendale German ancestry revealed in World Cup


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Gottscheer Hall

Most bars will be broadcasting the World Cup game this weekend but to celebrate it in true Deutsch fashion, Ridgewood and Glendale maintain a healthy group of German bars that harken back to the German ancestry of the area.

Gottscheer Hall on Fairview Avenue will be open on Sunday, a day that they usually close on, for the game. Roland Belay, who is the secretary for the bar and grill, plans to meet the game between Germany and Argentina with a full force of potato pancakes with applesauce, goulash , bratwurst, German pretzels and a whole menu of German-Austrian food that is sehr gut.

“The whole purpose of this building is to maintain our heritage,” said Belay, whose parents left the once Austrian-owned Gottschee region. “It’s a very homey atmosphere and we keep all the traditions alive here.”

Other German bars in the area to watch the game include: Zum Stammtisch and Celtic Gasthau on Myrtle Avenue, and Manor Oktoberfest on Cooper Avenue.

“This is definitely the area for German fans to hang out,” Belay said. “But we won’t be mean to the other side.”

 

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