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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

The founders of the popular Facebook group “Massapequa Moms,” a ‘virtual living room with 6,700 people,’ are leveraging their social media power to create a new discount loyalty card good all over Long Island—including, they hope, in Mineola. 

 

With a hugely popular Facebook community, co-founders Dawn Boyle Kostakis and Stephanie Hartman wanted to “figure out a way that we could help the consumer and the business owner at the same time; keeping commerce going, keeping it all local and having the people get a little bang for their buck,” said Kostakis. They wanted to serve more than just Massapequa, too, and the Long Island Loyalty card was born. 

Educating The Underprivileged Girl

As I tried to make my way through the unforgiving monsoon season, rain pouring as far as the eye could see, dodging puddles I rushed inside the school building. The guard yelled in the background for the children to come in quickly before they dragged in even more mud inside. Trying hard not to slip on the wet dirty floor, I pondered to myself what

exactly I was doing here. The words of Mahatma Gandhi resonated inside my head, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

 

Here I was at a school in Mumbai India, 7800 miles from my home in Mineola, volunteering with “Aseema,” a non-governmental organization whose mission is to empower and educate the under privileged children. Children living on the streets or in slums and in inhuman conditions.


Sports

The Mineola Mustangs varsity football team defeated the Roosevelt Roughriders 47-38 on Saturday, Sept. 20.

 

Senior quarterback James Gerstner led the Mustangs (2-0) to victory by rushing 212 yards and securing five touchdowns on 23 carries.  He also completed 11 of 13 passes for 229 yards and one touchdown.

 

“This was a big game—we were ready and pumped up all week,” Gerstner said.  “We came in ranked third but we knew we could beat them.”

Mustangs Shut Out Valley Stream

The Mineola Varsity Football team’s defense dominated Valley Stream South, winning 21-0 on Sept. 13. The Falcons never got further then Mineola’s 30 yard line. The defense was lead by senior linebackers Eric Guardado (8 tackles 6 assist), Ed Hincapie (6 tackles, 5 assist) and safety John Clancy (tackles, 3 assist).

 

Defensive linemen Anthony Sarno, Luigi Athan, Victor Tineo, Matt Lafaye and Chris Brenes controlled the line of scrimmage. Defensive backs Peter McCormack and Chris Lockwood played very well as they combined for eight tackles and only allowed two pass completions. Linebacker Kyle Dunleavy, Ben Carbone, Matt Kosowski and Brian Smith also played very well.


Calendar

Exercise Class - September 24

Silver Sneaker Fitness - September 25

International Night - September 25


Columns

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