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Late Goal Propels Mineola Mini-Mustangs

The GU15 Mineola Mini-Mustangs surrendered two late goals against the South Huntington Strikers to find themselves tied with three minutes remaining in the final game of the group stage of the Arch Cup Tournament on April 17. Mineola regained its composure and a minute later, Shannon Durham pounced on a ball near the top of the Strikers’ penalty area and looped a shot over the leaping South Huntington keeper and into the net for a dramatic game-winning goal.

 

Mineola’s fast-paced offense controlled the pace of the game.  Mineola scored the game’s opening goal 15 minutes into the first half as Allison Lamonica drove a long crossing pass from the right sideline across the goalmouth and into the path of teammate Katie

Russelman, who let the ball bounce off her thigh and stomach before momentum pushed the ball into the Strikers’ goal.

 

The Strikers soon tied the game, launching a long free kick that took a home-team bounce over Mineola’s goalkeeper Natalia Cotto. Before the halftime whistle, Lamonica finished a long run down the right side with a terrific strike on the ball that found the corner of the South Huntington goal.

 

Mineola’s offense created numerous second half chances, with strikers Christen Patalano, Emma Feimer and Natalia Cotto narrowly missing goals. Eventually the Lamonica to Russelman combination provided the third Mineola goal, as Brianna O’Brien’s redirection of a Lamonica cross slid across the goalmouth before Russelman tapped it easily home.

 

South Huntington came to life as centerback Shelby Wuss drove a 40-yard missile off a direct free kick right under the bar and into the Mineola goal for a terrific goal to cut the Mineola lead to 3-2. The Strikers were soon buzzing in the Mineola end again and eventually another long strike found the Mineola goal to tie the score, setting up Durham’s heroics.


News

The Mineola School Board will hold a public hearing on the much-debated New York State veterans exemption on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Willis Avenue School. It is expected the board will either approve or disapprove the tax exemption during its regular meeting at 7 p.m.

When votes go to the polls next week on Tuesday, Nov. 4 to vote on the Town of North Hempstead’s 2nd Council District seat, candidate Bonnie Parente feels her stance on the building department is what voters will remember when casting their choice. The 2nd council district post is currently held by Peter Zuckerman, a former East Hills trustee. He was appointed to the seat in January to replace Thomas Dwyer, who resigned last year.

 

“That’s the major issue I heard about when I knocked on doors,” she said. “No matter where I am, I could be at the Herricks Community Center or the Albertson Pasta Dinner and

predominately what people ask about is how to fix the building department.”


Sports

Samantha Pastore

Samantha Pastore, senior and third-year varsity player, is also co-captain of the currently undefeated (11-0) Mineola Girls Varsity Volleyball team. She is an outside hitter and is often recognized in games by starting rallies with her quick thinking and nimble feet. She earns 20 percent of the team’s points and averages four aces per match.

The Mineola Mustangs varsity football team fell to the Seaford Vikings last week 27-21, missing their chance to tie the top seeds Locust Valley and Roosevelt’s 6-1 Nassau conference IV record.

 

After tying the game in the second half and having the opportunity to capitalize on Seaford’s failed extra-point kick on their final touchdown, the Viking’s senior wide receiver/defensive back Bobby Buell knocked away a pass from Mineola senior quarterback James Gerstner to senior wide receiver Brian Smith in the end-zone with 57 seconds left


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