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.
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.