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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

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


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

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com