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, 25 July 2014 00:00
Only once a year a 25-foot movie screen sits in the middle of Wilson Park in Mineola, ready to entertain residents. This year’s Movie Night in the Park feature The LEGO Movie, sponsored by the Village of Mineola and Mineola Chamber of Commerce on Friday, July 18.
The event, which was free of charge to all of the moviegoers, was meant to help promote local Mineola businesses, according to president of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce Bill Greene.
“Small businesses are the backbone of the American industry, and we feel that this is a great way of giving back to the community with hopes that they’ll remember to shop locally,” said Greene.
Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
Mineola resident Frank Zuniga and his wife, Charlotte, were heartbroken. It was bad enough that they had to take Mollie, their rescued beagle/terrier mix to the veterinarian on July 4, but it wasn’t until last week that they found out what happened to her until last week.
It started on Independence Day when Mollie, who the Zunigas adopted in February, started vomiting. Their regular vet was closed for the holiday, and the couple found that the Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center of Westbury would see them.
Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
Runners from all over Long Island came to run at the fourth annual Katie Oppo Memorial 5K on Sunday, June 15. The runner first across the finish line was Mineola resident Michael Mariotti, general manager, owner and host of the famous local restaurant Cafe Continental in Manhasset.
The day was glorious as the runners and walkers began their trek through Flower Hill from the starting line at Flower Hill Park. Organizers of this year’s event made the race a USATF Certified 5K race, timed by Long Island Race Timing.
Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00
Mineola Hurricanes lost a battle of the bats on Sunday, June 29, at St. Joseph’s Field in Kings Park, falling short in a 9-8 ball game against the St. Joseph’s Saints in the first game of a doubleheader.
The top of the first saw the Hurricanes take an early 2-0 lead. The runs came home for the Hurricanes when T.J. McManus scored on an error and Connor Eakin scored on a fielder’s choice. The Saints never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring five runs on two errors and an RBI single by Jonathan.