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MAA Travel Soccer News

MAA Teams Cap Successful Season


MAA Travel Soccer teams wrapped up their respective fall 2013 seasons recently.  Two MAA teams won titles this season in the Long Island Junior Soccer League; the BU13 Mineola Empire went 9-0-1 and the GU14 Red Bulls enjoyed a 8-1-1 campaign to each win first place trophies.  The GU11 Honey Badgers went undefeated (6-0-2) and finished in second place in their division, as did the GU15 Mini-Mustangs with a 7-1-1 season record.


Sweet Season Ends With Another Honey Badgers Victory


The GU11 Mineola Honey Badgers finished off the Freeport Fury with a 6-0 victory to cap an undefeated 6-0-2 season on Nov. 16.  The Honey Badgers controlled much of the game and featured terrific efforts on defense by Julianna Anteri, Victoria LoPiccolo, Jolie Ilchert, Faith Nikolic, Sheila O’Mara, and Julia Nygaard, limiting the Fury to just two shots on goal.

Constant pressure was put on the Fury goal with near misses by Kayla Gray, Isabella Rivera, and Gabbie Flynn. The Honey Badgers scores were provided by Sarah Faley, Trista Bugalla, Charlotte Williams, Amber Nikolic, and two from Brianna Werny. 


Graca’s Goals Help Red Bulls Claim Title


The GU14 Mineola Red Bulls claimed their first division title with a 4-1 victory over Plainview Old Bethpage on Nov. 17.  Red Bulls star striker Joanna Graca scored two goals and teammates Jordyn Sinert and Eve Sommese each added one to lead their team to a terrific 8-1-1 record on the season.


Empire Finish Undefeated Season


The BU13 Mineola Empire FC finished a fantastic season unbeaten in all competitions with a 5-0 win in freezing temperatures at Wilson Park on Nov. 24.  Empire FC finished first in their division with a stunning 28 points, 36 goals scored and 11 conceded.  These results were achieved only due to exceptional teamwork by the 16 dedicated young men that make up this team.


Federrico Lippmann had four shutouts at goalie this season. Angel Pinto, Joseph Mueller, Fernando Palacios, Steven Collica and Jonathan Kim formed a solid defensive barrier in front of the goal while Karthik Pitchayan, Francisco Cabrera, Aidan Roldan and Kevin Graca facilitated ball movement between defense and midfield with the team’s trademark rapid counter attacks.


Patrick Ekladios, Mahesh Pitchayan, Yuval Coriat, Migdo Salmeron, Andrew Sarnel and Benjamin Danialian played exceptional rapid-paced attacks with accurate passes resulting in many goals.  The boys received their LIJSL Division Champions medals and patches after the game and are looking for another successful and exciting season next spring.


An April 7 fire in a second-floor apartment at 98 Mineola Blvd.—which also houses Wong’s Noodle House—was sparked by unsanctioned plumbing work, Mineola officials revealed last week.


According to Village Building Superintendent Dan Whalen, the building owner, 104 Mineola Blvd. LLC, did not have the required permits to do plumbing work on file. Arcadio Matias, superintendent of the building, could not be reached for comment. The building department is notifying Matias and his workers, both of who will appear before the village court some time in May.


The Mineola Fire Department received the call at noon and rushed to the scene. “The fire didn’t spread far,” MFD Chief Jeff Clark said. “Luckily no one was hurt.”

The trusted “Two Pauls” were locked in for another two years as the Village of Mineola held its Organization Night on Monday, April 7. Local officials swore in Paul Pereira and Paul Cusato, as well as Village Justice John P. O’Shea and acting village justice Jackie Carway. 


The event took place at the Village Hall Community Center, with Senator Jack Martins, Nassau County Court Judge Scott Fairgrieve, Village Attorney John Spellman and Mayor Scott Strauss accepting/hearing/give the oaths.


O’Shea takes over for Richard O’Callaghan, who recently retired, as village justice. Mineola resident Jackie Carway was tapped to serve as acting village justice, in the event O’Shea is unavailable. Trustees George Durham, Dennis Walsh and Mayor Scott. The three will be up for re-election next year.


FC Mineola Wins Two

The BU10 FC Mineola opened league play with 3-0 win over the Hewlett Lawrence Blue Sonic on April 3. Mineola was led by Liam Going (two goals and an assist). The first goal came off a beautiful cross from Liam Russelman that Going sent to the back of the net.  Fifteen minutes later the Liam to Liam connection struck again when Russelman found Going open at the top of the box for another shot and score by the talented Mineola player.


Mineola’s final goal came midway through the second half as Gregory Kenney redirected a good cross past the Hewlett goalie. The back line of Peter Murphy, Luke Sommese and Brent Muessig controlled the defensive end of the field limiting the number of shots Hewlett took on goal and the few that made it through were gobbled up by keeper Andrew Pizzardi. Brian Heckelman, Phil Macchietto and James Teadore all contributed with stellar play at the midfield position.

Marissa Cotroneo

Senior Captain Marissa Cotroneo excelled at the Paul Limmer Invitation on Saturday, April 5, held at Mepham High School.  Cotroneo placed first overall in the 1500 meters in one of the most exciting, come from behind victories of the season.


Village Meeting - April 16

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