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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 founders of the popular Facebook group “Massapequa Moms,” a ‘virtual living room with 6,700 people,’ are leveraging their social media power to create a new discount loyalty card good all over Long Island—including, they hope, in Mineola. 

 

With a hugely popular Facebook community, co-founders Dawn Boyle Kostakis and Stephanie Hartman wanted to “figure out a way that we could help the consumer and the business owner at the same time; keeping commerce going, keeping it all local and having the people get a little bang for their buck,” said Kostakis. They wanted to serve more than just Massapequa, too, and the Long Island Loyalty card was born. 

Educating The Underprivileged Girl

As I tried to make my way through the unforgiving monsoon season, rain pouring as far as the eye could see, dodging puddles I rushed inside the school building. The guard yelled in the background for the children to come in quickly before they dragged in even more mud inside. Trying hard not to slip on the wet dirty floor, I pondered to myself what

exactly I was doing here. The words of Mahatma Gandhi resonated inside my head, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

 

Here I was at a school in Mumbai India, 7800 miles from my home in Mineola, volunteering with “Aseema,” a non-governmental organization whose mission is to empower and educate the under privileged children. Children living on the streets or in slums and in inhuman conditions.


Sports

The Mineola Mustangs varsity football team defeated the Roosevelt Roughriders 47-38 on Saturday, Sept. 20.

 

Senior quarterback James Gerstner led the Mustangs (2-0) to victory by rushing 212 yards and securing five touchdowns on 23 carries.  He also completed 11 of 13 passes for 229 yards and one touchdown.

 

“This was a big game—we were ready and pumped up all week,” Gerstner said.  “We came in ranked third but we knew we could beat them.”

Mustangs Shut Out Valley Stream

The Mineola Varsity Football team’s defense dominated Valley Stream South, winning 21-0 on Sept. 13. The Falcons never got further then Mineola’s 30 yard line. The defense was lead by senior linebackers Eric Guardado (8 tackles 6 assist), Ed Hincapie (6 tackles, 5 assist) and safety John Clancy (tackles, 3 assist).

 

Defensive linemen Anthony Sarno, Luigi Athan, Victor Tineo, Matt Lafaye and Chris Brenes controlled the line of scrimmage. Defensive backs Peter McCormack and Chris Lockwood played very well as they combined for eight tackles and only allowed two pass completions. Linebacker Kyle Dunleavy, Ben Carbone, Matt Kosowski and Brian Smith also played very well.


Calendar

Exercise Class - September 24

Silver Sneaker Fitness - September 25

International Night - September 25


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