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MAA Travel Soccer News

Mineola FC Clips Red Wings

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.

Lightning Slow Down Blazers

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.

Mustangs Sting Vipers, Advance To LI Cup Semi’s

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.

News

Five storefronts on Willis Avenue in Williston Park were gutted after a five-alarm fire on Thursday, July 23 at around 2:40 a.m., Williston Park Fire Department officials said. Construction crews could be seen demolishing the row of stores as late as 2 p.m. last Thursday.

 

The fire was under control at around 4:30 a.m. No injuries were reported, officials noted.

 

Williston Park fire units responded at 2:44 a.m. According to department Chief Gary Smithing, the blaze started in the Village Cobbler Shoe Repair Shop at 617 Willis Ave.

The Village of Mineola’s Zoning Board last week approved Winthrop University Hospital’s plan to revamp the “Welcome to Mineola” sign atop the Station Plaza Diner at the Long Island Rail Road Station.

The village code prohibits rooftops signs, but the zoning board has relief powers.

 

“I spoke with the building commissioner and he said that he’s satisfied; that it’s structurally sound and stable,” Zoning Board Chairman John Macedo said. “If he’s satisfied, I’m satisfied.”


Sports

 Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Avenue in Williston Park recently received belt promotions after successfully completing a series of extensive exams.

 

“Our goal at Charles Water Karate & Fitness is to facilitate mental growth enabling our students to reach their highest potential as human beings,” says Charles Water, owner and director of the school.

“Our studio teaches students how to defend themselves responsibly while instilling self-confidence, self-discipline and respect for others.”

Mineola Hurricanes 10U offense was too much for L.I. Saints in 14-5 rout on Thursday July 17, at Willis Avenue Field in Mineola. With 11 runs in the first three innings, The Hurricanes left no doubt about the eventual outcome.

 

An RBI triple by Kevin Pusey, a steal of home by Kevin Pusey, and an RBI single by James Raziano during the first inning and an RBI single by Jack Mackay, a three-run triple by T.J. McManus put runs on the board early. 


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