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Mineola’s Tireless Efforts Fall Short In Pennsylvania

The GU14 Mineola Mini-Mustangs fell short in defense of its 2011 title at the Fall Festival in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.  Mineola got off to a good start, winning its first game 2-1 over Keystone, PA.

Brianna O’Brien started the scoring; skimming a hard shot from outside the penalty area into the back of the net during the first half. Allison Lamonica finished a tremendous individual effort to lift her team to a 2-goal cushion.

Gretchen Keller, solid in goal all weekend for Mineola, made key saves to help her team hold the lead. Meghan Lafaye and Valerie Cobos’ solid defensive play helped their team earn the win.

Mineola’s tired legs in their second game cost them early, as they surrendered two early goals to a strong Lower Macugnie, PA team. Mineola’s midfielders, led by the gritty Alana Conroy and the skillful Emma Feimer, began controlling the game as the second half began.

The Mini’s got their legs and closed to within one when Natalia Terezakis slid a shot past a diving goalkeeper after a perfect throw-in from Jillian Palma. With forwards Natalia Cotto and Katie Russelman leading late-game threats, Mineola thought they tied the score as the final whistle blew, but an apparent goal was waved off.

Mineola’s third game against Keystone saw the opponent’s terrific striker launch two shots from 30 yards that struck the corner of the net early in the first half.  With their backs to the wall, Mineola’s effort never ceased.

Christen Patalano got Mineola on the board early in the second half and soon after the Mini’s hard work earned them a penalty kick. Annie Cripps’ rocket of a shot dinged off the crossbar and the talented Keystone keeper grabbed the rebound.

Earlier, the same keeper had saved a penalty kick off the foot of Lamonica, with a diving save. Mineola consistently threatened for the rest of the game, but could not score.

Mineola needed to win their final game against Lower Macugnie to bring home a trophy.  Mineola again conceded an early goal and soon after it looked as if they would be down another goal, but midfielder Antonia Ciuffo hustled to block a shot from five feet that was destined for the back of Mineola’s net.

Mineola’s defensive crew, led by the feisty pair of Brianna Lopes and Michelle Viola, continuously turned aside attacks as the game wore on.  With Cotto, Lamonica, Patalano, O’Brien and Feimer constantly driving their team up-field, Mineola seemed certain to tie the score, but Lower Macugnie’s defense was up to the challenge, holding on for their 1-0 win and eventual tournament championship.

News

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.

 

“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.

A contingent of 80 Mineola runners embarked on their first trek to lower Manhattan last year for the Tunnel To Towers 5K Run through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel toward the World Trade Center site. This year, the United Mavericks, a networking group of local business people that support local charities and causes, are gearing up surpass that number.

Mavericks reps say they’re half way to gathering 1,000 people to run in the event’s 13th year on Saturday, Sept. 28.

 

The run honors a fireman Stephen Siller, who was enjoying a day off planning to play golf before he learned the Twin Towers were hit by two airplanes during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He was one of the 343 firefighters who died when the towers collapsed.


Sports

Though it had already hosted the series of lacrosse games during the regular season this past spring, Chaminade High School’s new Gold Star Stadium was officially christened on Saturday, Sept. 6, named in honor of the 56 alumni who had perished during combat.

 

“Tradition holds that when one dies in the service a gold star is given to the family,” said Chaminade President Bro. Thomas Cleary. “Our 56 Gold Star Alumni are honored for their selflessness, courage, and integrity.”

Although the expectations for the 2014 Mineola Mustangs boy’s varsity soccer season may be somewhat measured, the team enters the season with the goal of a berth in the Nassau County playoffs. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

There is considerable talent on the horizon. There are only four starting seniors and five sophomores on the roster. Four year starting senior forward Daniel Pardo returns (19 goals in three seasons) as does senior standout goalkeeper Andrew Pereira.


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

International Night - September 18

Bereavement Support Group - September 19


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