By Jerry Del Priore
With South Shore and Canarsie High Schools occupying the same Canarsie, Brooklyn, neighborhood, every sporting competition carries a certain amount of pride for the respective winner.
This time, the Vikings can swag a little more as they emerged with the 3-2 win over the Chiefs in its PSAL Brooklyn Class-B East soccer match Saturday afternoon at home to open the season.
South Shore (1-0) jumped out to a two-goal lead midway through the first half on tallies by seniors Cosmon Smith and Odeen McIntosh. But Canarsie (0-1) fought back with a goal near the end of the first half, slicing the deficit to 2-1.
However, Smith banged home his second marker of the contest to widen the Vikings’ advantage to 3-1 early in the second half.
Not to let South Shore run away with the game, the Chiefs scored again, beating goalkeeper Jovensky Dieudonne to his right to narrow the gap at 3-2.
But that’s as close as the Vikings would allow Canarsie to get, as South Shore’s defense clapped down for the victory.
Speaking of the Vikings’ defense, head coach Albert Radjpaul was happy with its execution. Moreover, he was pleased with the squad’s overall effort, and is confident that it will overcome its greenness as the season progresses.
“I was glad with the defensive performance,” Radipaul said after the game. “Our inexperience kind of showed, but I’m sure they’ll get better as the season goes on. I’m just glad with the work ethic of the team.
While South Shore walked away with the W, Radipaul believes the new forthcoming additions to the team will pay future dividends.
“We still have new players coming in who just joined us,” he said. “So, I think they’ll get better than they were today.”
As for the club’s title chances, Radipaul said, “We want to win the Championship. This was the top team last year and we beat them handily. So, what do you think?”
The Vikings travel to Old Boys & Girls High School field on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. to take on Wingate Educational Campus High School.