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Late Goal Leads Mineola Past Syosset

Brianna O’Brien’s tie-breaking goal with a minute remaining propelled the GU14 Mineola Mustangs to a thrilling 3-2 win over a skillful Syosset team on June 1. With the score knotted at two, Mineola’s Natalia Cotto raced to a loose ball ahead of the Syosset goalkeeper and poked the ball loose to the onrushing O’Brien, who calmly drove the ball into the goal.

 

The score capped a well-played game by both sides.  Mineola jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to two fantastic individual efforts by Christen Patalano.

 

The hard-working Mineola midfielder drove through the middle of the Syosset defense, taking separate passes from fullbacks Valerie Cobos and Meghan Lafaye to score twice under pressure from the Sypsset keeper and fullbacks. Syosset rallied to tie the game in the second half and nearly went ahead before Cotto, playing goalkeeper at the time, leaped to push a hard shot over the bar.

Mineola’s Allison Lamonica and Katie Russelman nearly scored for Mineola as well, with a late score by Russelman being disallowed on an offside call.  Brianna Lopes’ terrific defending led the way for Mineola’s back line.

 

Busby And Northport Shut Down Mineola

The BU9 Mineola Mighty got off to a slow start against Busby Soccer Academy on Sunday, June 2, allowing three first half goals.  Mineola slowed Busby with a tough second half effort before falling 5-1.  Liam Russelman provided the lone goal for the Mighty off a beautiful, long run and cross from teammate Liam Going.  Later that day, despite Phil Machietto’s first two goals of the season, Mineola dropped a 4-3 decision on a late goal by Northport.  Strong efforts from Mineola’s Peter Murphy helped Mineola rally from a 3-1 halftime deficit.  Liam Russelman’s 13th goal of the season was Mineola’s other tally.  

 

Cyclones Take Two

After a mid-season break the Mineola Cyclones resumed their winning ways with two impressive wins. In sweltering heat the Cyclones defeated the Lady Volunteers of Manhasset on May 31. Strong pitching by Victoria Vangrembergen and Mikayla Dalton held Manhasset to two runs. Consistent hitting, including a home run by Victoria Venus, a double by Megan Russelman and yet another homer by Meaghan McCaffrey resulted in a double digit victory.

 

Later in the weekend, on Sunday June 1, the Cyclones took on Albertson-Herricks. The Cyclones started strong and Meaghan McCaffrey came in as a reliever and struck out five of six batters in two innings.

 

Victoria Venus, Megan Russelman, McCaffrey and Erin Miller all helped the cause with key extra base hits. Miranda Bradley played tough behind the plate and made a nice put-out at home to save a run. In the end teamwork and dedication by the entire squad propelled the Cyclones to yet another impressive win.

News

In a typical Long Island community packed with houses and backyards, there are a couple of acres of open land of community gardens where people are growing basil and dahlias and roses and cabbages—people like Terry Dunckey of Westbury and Peg Woerner of Great Neck, tending their small plots and helping to promote sustainable and organic practices.

East Meadow Farm, off Merrick Avenue, is owned by Nassau County and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Nassau County. Previously it was a family-owned farm that was purchased by the county through the Environment Bond Act Program, a $150 million program that called for, among several mandates, the preservation of 400 acres of open space. In 2009, CCE of Nassau was awarded the lease to the land and in January 2012 took possession of the property. East Meadow Farm is a place where we can get the best advice on how to make our gardens grow without harming the earth. Part of the CCE’s original proposal was the establishment of a farmer’s market and, now, the market is open two days a week, a place to purchase organic vegetables and flowers during the growing season.

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say they’re still investigating locations in the Mineola School District, while leaning towards installing cameras near the North Side or Willets Road schools in the East Williston School District. Cameras could begin operation in September.


Sports

Nobody wants to make excuses, but sometimes when the injury bug hits, it’s impossible to overcome. Mineola Mustangs football head coach Dan Guido, entering his 28th season at helm, knows the injuries were the cause for their first-round defeat at the hands of the West Hempstead Rams last November.

“There was too many injuries on the offensive line last season,” said Guido. “It was supposed to be our strength and it ended up being a weak link by the end of the season.”

Even with those injuries, the Mustangs went 4-4 during the regular season.

The BU15 Mineola Revolution were crowned champions of the Roar at the Shore Tournament 2014 in West Islip on Aug. 10. After dropping the opener 2-0 against North Valley Stream, Mineola bounced back to beat Freeport Premiere 2-1.

The Revolution’s offense exploded in the third game as they beat West Islip 7-0. Mineola’s final game pitted them against Quickstrike FC, which entered the contest without a loss and within a point of winning the tournament.


Calendar

Zoning Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Mineola Village Meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 3

School Board Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

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