Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:00
Brian Heckelman and Peter Murphy’s defending held the Smithtown Red Wings in check the entire game as the BU10 Mineola FC team advanced to the Long Island Cup quarterfinal round with a 2-0 victory on Saturday, April 12. Liam Russelman scored first for
Mineola, taking a ball from the left sideline and cutting in along the top of the Smithtown box, where he launched a shot into the left corner of the RedWings goal.
The 1-0 lead lasted for most of the game, until Liam Going sidestepped three Red Wings defenders, drove to the net and slid a hard shot into the back of the net. Mineola improved to 4-0 in all competitions with the win.
The BU16 Mineola Lightning soccer team advanced to the third round of the Long Island Cup with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over the Bethpage Blazers on Sunday, April 13. The Blazers kept the Lightning on their heels for much of the first half, keeping the ball in the Mineola end of the field but the Lightning defense, led by keeper Joe Martins, kept Bethpage scoreless.
The Lightning didn’t waste much time breaking a scoreless tie when midfielder Manny DeMatos found a loose ball in front of the Blazers goal and sent it to the back of the net less than two minutes into the second half. Midfielders Andy Gaitan and Ronald Laurice stepped up in the second half to help keep Bethpage under pressure in their own half of the field.
Team defense has paced the Lightning so far this season, as Mineola has allowed just one goal through their first three matches of the season.
The GU15 Mineola Mini-Mustangs beat the Valley Stream Vipers 3-2 in a quarterfinal match of the Long Island Cup on Sunday, April 13. Valley Stream controlled much of the first half and put constant pressure on the Mineola defense.
Mineola held on as Michelle Viola’s effort and speed cut down a Vipers breakaway just as a goal seemed imminent. Ultimately, that pressure led to two Vipers scores, one off a penalty kick and another off a header.
Mineola scrambled to find a goal before halftime. Allison Lamonica was the catalyst, finishing a long run on the right side with a hard cross that slid past the Vipers keeper to Mineola’s Samantha Lima, who calmly tapped in the goal to get her team back in the game.
Mineola started the second half strong and began to seize momentum and control of the game. A minute into the second half, Brianna O’Brien’s crisp pass set Christen Patalano in on goal all alone, only to be whistled in an offside position. Minutes later Lamonica drove a ball from the top of the box inches wide of the upper right corner of the goal.
Mineola kept pressing and eventually found the equalizer. Lamonica deftly changed direction and cut across the inside top of the box and drove a left-footed shot past a screened Valley Stream keeper and into the net.
The Mineola defense, led by Brianna Lopes and goalkeeper Natalia Cotto, turned aside several Vipers attacks. Mineola’s fullbacks began to wear down the Vipers offense in a tough, physical game.
Annie Cripps, Jillian Palma, Natalia Terezakis , Valerie Cobos and Meghan Lafaye constantly spurred the Mineola counter-attack with solid defensive plays. With five minutes to go, the Mini-Mustangs were buzzing, having two consecutive corner kicks turned aside by the solid Vipers defense.
A clearing pass found Terezakis and the savvy Mineola player slid a perfect pass to Lamonica, who angled in from the left sideline before launching a 30-yard strike into the far, upper corner of the Vipers goal.
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.