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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

In a typical Long Island community packed with houses and backyards, there are a couple of acres of open land of community gardens where people are growing basil and dahlias and roses and cabbages—people like Terry Dunckey of Westbury and Peg Woerner of Great Neck, tending their small plots and helping to promote sustainable and organic practices.

East Meadow Farm, off Merrick Avenue, is owned by Nassau County and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Nassau County. Previously it was a family-owned farm that was purchased by the county through the Environment Bond Act Program, a $150 million program that called for, among several mandates, the preservation of 400 acres of open space. In 2009, CCE of Nassau was awarded the lease to the land and in January 2012 took possession of the property. East Meadow Farm is a place where we can get the best advice on how to make our gardens grow without harming the earth. Part of the CCE’s original proposal was the establishment of a farmer’s market and, now, the market is open two days a week, a place to purchase organic vegetables and flowers during the growing season.

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say they’re still investigating locations in the Mineola School District, while leaning towards installing cameras near the North Side or Willets Road schools in the East Williston School District. Cameras could begin operation in September.


Sports

Nobody wants to make excuses, but sometimes when the injury bug hits, it’s impossible to overcome. Mineola Mustangs football head coach Dan Guido, entering his 28th season at helm, knows the injuries were the cause for their first-round defeat at the hands of the West Hempstead Rams last November.

“There was too many injuries on the offensive line last season,” said Guido. “It was supposed to be our strength and it ended up being a weak link by the end of the season.”

Even with those injuries, the Mustangs went 4-4 during the regular season.

The BU15 Mineola Revolution were crowned champions of the Roar at the Shore Tournament 2014 in West Islip on Aug. 10. After dropping the opener 2-0 against North Valley Stream, Mineola bounced back to beat Freeport Premiere 2-1.

The Revolution’s offense exploded in the third game as they beat West Islip 7-0. Mineola’s final game pitted them against Quickstrike FC, which entered the contest without a loss and within a point of winning the tournament.


Calendar

Zoning Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Mineola Village Meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 3

School Board Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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