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PSAL soccer: Seniors ‘grateful’ for one final dance on pitch as Susan Wagner stays unbeaten with win vs. Port Richmond

By Sean Weir/Particular to the Advance

In what has been an irregular, abbreviated spring season for highschool soccer, (the primary organized competitors in over 18 months), Susan Wagner coach Bashkim Pelinkovic and his forces got here out ready for no matter laid of their path.

The Falcons have proven no main indicators of rust, because the squad improved to a PSAL Island-best 4-0-1 Wednesday afternoon with a 2-0 victory over winless Port Richmond.

The competition’s solely two scores got here earlier than the halftime whistle, with sophomore midfielder Mario Rivera Tapia and junior defender Amir Sela each discovering the again of the web. The six-game, no playoff PSAL soccer season will conclude on the finish of subsequent week.

“I’m pleased with how we’ve been taking part in however we are able to at all times play higher,” Pelinkovic famous. “At this level within the season we should always have the ability to attempt, even with the massive break, and we’ve got.”

The Falcon dominance has largely been a crew effort, however a cohort of seniors can particularly be attributed.

Midfielder Samid Akanni has been referred to as upon numerous instances over his four-year Falcon profession and has at all times confirmed up.

Pelinkovic particularly recalled his explosiveness in transition as a distinction maker for the crew, and a nightmare for opposing defenses.

Akanni’s efforts have landed him a roster spot on Division-1 St. Francis Brooklyn subsequent fall.

“I’m able to study lots from the older gamers on the crew,” stated Akanni.

The latest SFC Terrier moreover famous he’s glad his crew received an opportunity to play this yr, and is trying ahead to his alternative on the subsequent degree.

Just like Akanni, senior captain Omer Hamzacebi didn’t take this spring season without any consideration.

“All I needed was a senior season so I’m grateful we had been capable of play – even when it wasn’t regular,” Hamzacebi, a goalie, says. “Being undefeated is a pleasant bonus, too.”

Hamzacebi will keep native subsequent fall and proceed his athletic profession for Division 2 School of Staten Island, culminating a objective he’s had in thoughts for fairly a while.

“Since I used to be 10 years previous I knew I needed to play collegiate soccer, so I’m trying ahead to this subsequent chapter,” Hamzacebi stated.

Becoming a member of Hamzacebi on the Dolphins shall be Port Richmond’s midfielder, striker, goalie and defender Kevin Santana.

The versatile senior captain caps off a embellished profession as a Raider this season, by which he was a four-year varsity starter.

“His soccer IQ is among the many finest I’ve ever coached,” stated Port Richmond head coach John Mulvey. “He [Santana] has performed in every single place on the sphere. He is aware of the sport very properly, and I do know he’ll reach Division 2.”

Santana himself stated he’s loved his time within the purple and white, and appears ahead to extra alternatives at midfield for John Tardy’s squad subsequent yr at CSI.

The Raiders will journey to New Dorp subsequent week, whereas Susan Wagner will wrap up its 2021 season at residence towards Tottenville subsequent Wednesday.

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