Friday, 05 October 2012 00:00
The fourth-grade St. Aidan’s boys soccer team got off to a good start to its 2012 campaign, following up a 1-1 draw in the season opener with an exciting 2-1 win over Our Lady of Lourdes (OLL). In their opening game, St Aidan was frustrated for much of the game by a tough Holy Spirit defense before Jack Flood connected on a one-timer off a perfect cross from Luke Sommese.
Flood’s heroics tied the game with five minutes remaining. Luke Sherry and William Winski starred on defense for St. Aidan.
A week later against OLL, the St. Aidan boys again dug themselves a 1-0 hole and had to fight through a tough defense to even the score midway through the second half. Dylan Haase poked a loose ball towards Liam Russelman, who deftly zoomed past the Lourdes fullbacks before directing a shot past the diving goalkeeper to draw his team even.
With 10 minutes remaining, Aidan Scott’s perfect throw-in set Russelman free down the right side, where his crossing pass found Colin Fisch and then Brendan Sullivan before ending up at the foot of Haase, who calmly drove it into the back of the net to give his team a lead they would hold.
Patrick Solosky’s outstanding goalkeeping kept his team in the game and Chris Marotta’s strong defending thwarted numerous OLL attacks during the game.
The fifth-grade Our Lady of Lourdes boys soccer team scored two quick goals to start the game and held off a determined fourth-grade St. Aidan team 4-2. St. Aidan record fell to 1-1-1 after the loss.
After the rough start, St. Aidan rallied, with Luke Sherry bursting in from his left fullback spot to chip home a goal before the first half ended, bringing his team to within one of tying the score. After another OLL goal to start the second half, St Aidan repeatedly forced the play in the OLL end of the field.
After near misses by Colin Fisch, Dylan Haase, Marco Cangemi and Brendan Sullivan, St. Aidan finally caught a break when Liam Russelman drove a hard cross from the left corner off an OLL defender and into the goal. St Aidan could not find the equalizer after that and allowed one final goal to OLL as time expired.
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The GU14 Mineola Mini-Mustangs fell to 0-1-1 on the season with a frustrating 2-1 defeat to Great Neck. Mineola had trouble controlling possession all game and allowed the winning goal to Great Neck late in the second half, minutes after Allison Lamonica had tied the game with a hard shot from a tough angle.
Gretchen Keller played well in goal for Mineola, turning away several tough shots to keep the game close. The loss followed a terrific 2-2 draw a week earlier with New Hyde Park.
Mineola applied constant pressure during the game, but saw shots from Alana Conroy and Katie Russelman crash off the goalposts and numerous other opportunities fail to reach the back of the NHP net. Although they held possession for much of the second half, Mineola found itself trailing 2-1 with under seven minutes remaining.
Mineola center back Brianna Lopes started the game-tying play with a long run from the Mineola penalty area through midfield before driving a hard pass towards the NHP box. Mineola’s Shannon Durham pounced on the ball as it rebounded off the NHP keeper and deposited it into the empty net to cap a tremendous, resilient effort by the Mini-Mustangs.
Durham and Keller shared goalkeeping duties for Mineola, and Lamonica supplied the first goal of the match for Mineola, off a beautiful pass from Keller. Valerie Cobos’ efforts as right-backer for Mineola continuously stopped NHP attackers from pressuring the Mineola goal.
The GU14 Mineola Mini-Mustangs controlled possession for most of its game against Massapequa and earned its first win of the young season behind the strength of two first half goals by striker Allison Lamonica. Lamonica’s first goal came off a well-struck shot from the top of the Massapequa penalty area that soared over the leaping goalkeeper’s hands.
Brianna O’Brien’s deft pass set up Lamonica’s second score. Mineola’s sharp passing game led to several more opportunities in the game, resulting in near misses by Natalia Cotto, Christen Patalano and Emma Feimer. Shannon Durham and Gretchen Keller combined in goal for the Mineola shutout.
Jack Flood’s speed and tenacity resulted in three goals for the Mineola midfielder, as the BU9 Mineola Mighty won its first game of the season, topping Manhasset 4-2 at Wilson Park. Brian Heckelman scored Mineola’s first goal off a hard shot from outside the Manhasset penalty area.
Flood scored the next three, with each goal in his hat trick coming as the result of Flood driving hard to the Manhasset goal to fire home rebounds or loose balls. Brent Muessig and Luke Sommese starred in goal for Mineola, which improved to 1-2 on the season.
Friday, 24 May 2013 00:00
President Tony Da Silva and the Mineola-based Folklore groups Ranchos Juventude (Youth) and Sonhos de Portugal (Dreams of Portugal) performed before a crowd of over 350 during the “Spotlight on Portugal” segment at Hofstra University’s 30th Annual Dutch Festival. The traditional dance groups, representing the region of Portugal known as Minho, were introduced by support from a wide-array of Portuguese community leaders, including event guest-M.C. and Hofstra alumnus Gabriel Marques, New York State Senator Jack Martins, Village of Mineola Deputy-Mayor Paul Pereira as well as civic group presidents Frank Teixeira (Mineola Portuguese Center), Manuel Rodrigues (Portuguese Heritage Society), Fernanda Aguas (LI Portuguese Lions Club) and Rosa Leal (Daughters of Portugal).
Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00
Almost everyone has heard the expression; a dog is a man’s best friend. These great animals guard, protect and shower people with their affection and undivided attention. They love unconditionally in good times and in bad. The strength of the bond between man and canine was put on display at the Mineola Library on Saturday, May 11 in JoAnne Raskin’s, ‘War Dogs’ exhibit.
Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00
The sixth-grade Mineola Chiefs (Maroon) defeated a very tough Garden City on the road 6-4 on May 12. With three players on injured reserved Mineola’s reinforcements played with all heart on Mother’s Day.
The Mineola defense controlled the game. Joe Carr grabbed the rock out of the air on crease slides at least three this game, Zach Koerber stopped ball on fast breaks while defensemen Evan Eberlein and Alex Marchiselli locked down the remaining attack men.
Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00
The Wheatley School announced that 15 student athletes have been recognized by Section VIII-Nassau County Interscholastic Athletic Association for their performance in athletics, scholarship and leadership qualities for the Winter 2012-13 season. The Boys Indoor Track team was crowned NYS State Scholar Athlete Team Champions. The Boys Varsity Basketball team won the Nassau County Class B Championship.
Below is a list of Wheatley athletes who attained various All-County/Conference honors.