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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

Gitangalie Palombo, an Elmont yoga instructor, will open Fly High Dance and Fitness on the second floor at 111 E. Jericho Tpke. after her plan was approved by the Mineola Village

Board last week. She expects to open by January 2015. Sherwin Williams occupies the main floor.

 

“We want to be a great addition to the community,” she said. “I hope Fly High brings a new flare to the area.”

Local school districts are reaffirming student hygiene standards in the wake of the non-polio enterovirus (EV-D68) that’s been found in the United States. A strain of the enterovirus was found in Southampton’s middle and high schools, but officials say it was not the virus that has caused the national EV-D68 outbreak.

 

The enterovirus disproportionately affects infants, children and adolescents who lack immunity, according to the Center for Disease Control. School districts have been notified to follow New York State Health Department guidelines to combat possible infections.


Sports

The New York Cosmos hosted the Mineola Athletic Association’s Soccer Club recently for its penultimate fall 2014 home game. More than 140 members of the MAA soccer club and their families came out on a chilly October evening to show their love of the game. Twenty-two Mineola boys and girls had the honor of escorting the New York Cosmos and Ottawa Fury players onto the field in the traditional “Walk of Champions.”

 

The Mineola spirit must have inspired the home team, as spectators enjoyed the exciting 2-1 Cosmos victory, with the game-winning goal coming in stoppage time.


As a current member of the Mineola High School Varsity Soccer team, senior, Catherine Cunningham has been dominating the scoring for the Mustangs.  She has 12 goals and two assists in the last seven games. 

 

In her last week of play alone, she amassed six goals in just three games. As a captain for the last two years, Cunningham has been an All-Conference and All-Class player, leading her team to two victories so far this season. 


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