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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

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.”

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.


Sports

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.


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. 


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