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Mineola Tops Dix Hills To Open Season

The GU15 Mineola Mini-Mustangs  soccer club began their spring campaign where they left off during their successful Fall 2013 season. On Sunday, March 16, Mineola used a solid defensive effort to earn a well-played 2-1 victory over the Dix Hills Nitro at Vets Park in Northport, in the first Arch Cup Tournament  group game for both teams.

 

Mineola jumped to a 1-0 lead midway through the first half, as midfielder Antonia Ciuffo drove home a rebound off a tough shot from teammate Christen Patalano.  Later in the half, the Nitro began to put passes together and pressure Mineola’s defensive back line. A deflection led to an opening inside the Mineola penalty area and Dix Hills tied the score.  Minutes later, with Mineola on their heels, the Dix Hills attack produced another great opportunity, with a hard shot leading to a great reaction and kick save by Mineola keeper Gretchen Keller.

 

The Mini-Mustangs regrouped at the half and used a stifling defensive effort to limit the Nitro attack in the second half.  Mineola’s possession game kept the ball on the offensive half of the field for much of the half.

 

Keller, now playing stopper, and left back Annie Cripps had strong games preventing breakout passes and rushes by Dix Hills, and spurred the Mineola attack.  With 12 minutes remaining, Mineola’s Allison Lamonica took a pass from the left sideline, took a touch on the ball and drove a spiraling missile of a shot off the Nitro goalkeeper’s palms and into the top of the net.  That goal would prove to be the winner, as Mineola’s defense held off the Nitro.  Jillian Palma, Brianna Lopes, Michelle Viola, Meghan Lafaye and Valerie

Cobos combined with Keller and Cripps to lead the solid Mineola defensive effort.


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.


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