Written by Mineola American Staff Thursday, 03 April 2014 00:00
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.
Saturday, 25 October 2014 00:00
Way before Home Depot or Ace Hardware came into existence, there were little mom-and-pop shops like Munder’s True Value on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park. The hardware store, which opened its doors in 1948, is somewhat of a suburban dinosaur having outlasted several other hardware stores in the area.
“My father, Charles, opened this store in 1948 after returning home from World War II,” said Bill Munder, who took over the store operation seven years ago. “His parents wanted to know his plans after he returned home from the marines and he decided to open this store on Hillside Avenue.”
Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00
The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from the Mineola School District showing a mild resistance to the exams.
According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, Mineola had some of the lowest numbers, with eight students opting out of the English Language Arts test. However, not a single Mineola student missed the math test. In East Williston, the opt out rates were 75 students in ELA and 60 in math.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
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.