Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00
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.
FC Mineola continued its winning start to the season with a 4-1 victory over the Island Trees Bulldogs on a windy day in Levittown on April 5. Mineola played into the wind during the first half and conceded a wind-aided goal midway through the half. Minutes before the midway break, Greg Kenney pushed the ball forward along the right sideline where teammate Liam Going took the ball in stride, cut nicely towards the middle of the field before drilling a hard low shot into the near corner of the net.
Kenney jumped on a short goal kick from the Bulldogs and raced in on goal before carefully tucking a shot into the far corner. Moments later, a loose ball blew to the top of the Island Trees penalty area where Mineola’s Liam Russelman drilled a missile of a shot over the outstretched hands of the keeper, off the bottom of the crossbar and into the goal.
Mineola’s fourth score came from striker Mattheus Silva, who challenged and eventually took the ball away from the Bulldogs keeper. Silva then touched a nice pass to Going for a quick tap in to close the scoring. Mineola’s defensive efforts were led by fullbacks
Chris Feathers and Luke Sommese, with keeper Andrew Pizzardi making several difficult saves.
Shortly after conceding an early goal, the GU13 Mineola Renaissance drew even with the North Shore Nutmegs as Rachel Cooney calmly deposited a close-in shot into the corner of the goal on April 6. Cooney, perfectly redirected the Caitlyn Wetzel corner kick that scooted across the Nutmegs goal box.
Both sides played terrific defense from that point forward, with Jenna Cox, Stephanie Pereira, Caitlyn Long and Melissa Pereira leading the Mineola back-line, with goalkeeper Jillian Haller making several saves behind them. Mineola eventually allowed the game winner with 15 minutes left.
The BU16 Mineola Lightning followed up their round one Long Island Cup victory with a 2-0 win over the Woodhaven Rising Stars in their first league game on April 6.
Their defense, led by goal keeper Joe Martins and fullbacks Chris Alexander, Tiago Goncalves, Eric Pereira and Steven Faux rejected the Woodhaven attack. Kevin Vecchione broke the scoreless tie, stabbing the ball into the net off a long throw in from Steven Faux.
Joe Cucinella put in the insurance goal bending a direct kick from inside the corner flag and past the keeper. Midfielders Manny DeMatos and Alec Leitman had strong games.
Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00
In a typical Long Island community packed with houses and backyards, there are a couple of acres of open land of community gardens where people are growing basil and dahlias and roses and cabbages—people like Terry Dunckey of Westbury and Peg Woerner of Great Neck, tending their small plots and helping to promote sustainable and organic practices.
East Meadow Farm, off Merrick Avenue, is owned by Nassau County and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Nassau County. Previously it was a family-owned farm that was purchased by the county through the Environment Bond Act Program, a $150 million program that called for, among several mandates, the preservation of 400 acres of open space. In 2009, CCE of Nassau was awarded the lease to the land and in January 2012 took possession of the property. East Meadow Farm is a place where we can get the best advice on how to make our gardens grow without harming the earth. Part of the CCE’s original proposal was the establishment of a farmer’s market and, now, the market is open two days a week, a place to purchase organic vegetables and flowers during the growing season.
Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00
Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.
Nassau County officials say they’re still investigating locations in the Mineola School District, while leaning towards installing cameras near the North Side or Willets Road schools in the East Williston School District. Cameras could begin operation in September.
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
Nobody wants to make excuses, but sometimes when the injury bug hits, it’s impossible to overcome. Mineola Mustangs football head coach Dan Guido, entering his 28th season at helm, knows the injuries were the cause for their first-round defeat at the hands of the West Hempstead Rams last November.
“There was too many injuries on the offensive line last season,” said Guido. “It was supposed to be our strength and it ended up being a weak link by the end of the season.”
Even with those injuries, the Mustangs went 4-4 during the regular season.
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
The BU15 Mineola Revolution were crowned champions of the Roar at the Shore Tournament 2014 in West Islip on Aug. 10. After dropping the opener 2-0 against North Valley Stream, Mineola bounced back to beat Freeport Premiere 2-1.
The Revolution’s offense exploded in the third game as they beat West Islip 7-0. Mineola’s final game pitted them against Quickstrike FC, which entered the contest without a loss and within a point of winning the tournament.