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MAA Travel Soccer News

West Hempstead Stops Mineola FC

The BU10 Mineola FC team played to a frustrating scoreless draw with the West Hempstead Titans at Soccer Park in Plainview on April 26.  Mineola had numerous chances to score but the talented goalkeeper for the Titans made several diving and sprawling saves, including a terrific reaction save against Mineola’s Liam Going from five yards away to send a hard shot over the bar.

 

Mineola continued to press and eventually found the winner, or so they thought.

 

Going’s tough shot from the right side was saved yet again by the West Hempstead goalie, but the rebound fell to the path of the onrushing Liam Russelman, who calmly drove the ball into the net. As Mineola celebrated, the referee signaled that Russelman had been in an offside position, therefor negating the apparent winning goal.

 

Chris Feathers, Luke Sommese and Peter Murphy starred on the field for Mineola, limiting the Titans attack. Mineola improved to 2-0-1 on the season.

 

Bay Shore Holds Off Lightning

 

The BU16 Mineola Lightning suffered their first loss of the season to Bay Shore Juventus, 2-0 at Wilson Park on April 26. Playing through rain showers, the Lightning found themselves in trouble when Bay Shore stole a pass and found the back of the Mineola net before the five minute mark. Mineola had several fine corner kicks by midfielder Alec Leitman but were unable to find the equalizer. Joe Martins made several difficult saves to keep Mineola in the match but a successful corner kick halfway through the second half sealed the victory. Mineola stands at 1-1 in league play.

 

Mini-Mustangs Shut Down Strikers

The GU15 Mineola Mini-Mustangs improved to 7-0 in their 3-0 win over the talented South Huntington Strikes on April 27. Mineola headed into halftime  with a 1-0 lead thanks to Brianna O’Brien’s scramble in front of the Strikers goal. The goal came after the third consecutive corner kick from Allison Lamonica.  She chipped off a free kick, which landed for teammate Christen Patalano, who tapped home the goal from in close.

 

O’Brien drove across the top of the Strikers penalty area, spinning away from her defender, and driving a one-time shot over the leaping goalkeeper for her team’s third goal. Natalia Cotton and Gretchen Keller held the shutout in goal with a line of Jillian Palma, Brianna Lopes, Meghan Lafaye, Michelle Viola, Valerie Cobos and Annie Cripps.


News

The Village of East Williston was recently ruled against in the second round of lawsuits with neighboring Village of Williston Park involving the latter’s water rates—establishing a 13 percent increase from $3.83 per 1,000 gallons of water to $4.33.

 

Village of East Williston Mayor David Tanner said that the lawsuit, “still does not resolve the underlying problem between the villages, which is we feel that we’re being charged too much for water—the cost is excessive.”

 

Tanner said the village is still calculating the financial impact will be, and that the village has been making payments in escrow for every water bill received.

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.


Sports

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. 

Hurricanes Fall To Saints

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.


Calendar

Family Night - July 25

Satisfaction - July 26

Million Dollar Baby - July 29


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