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MAA Travel Soccer News

Lightning Frustrated

The Mineola Lightning BU16 squad first faced the Garden City Park Eagles United in a third round Long Island Cup match on May 4. 

 

Garden City Park was ahead 1-0 at the break with solid play from Mineola keeper Joe Martins and fullbacks Brian Tavares and Alec Leitman.  The second half saw the Lightning mounting better attacks despite falling behind 2-0.

 

Forward Joe Cucinella found the back of the net for Mineola drawing the Lightning within one.  Garden City Park took advantage of open space and sealed the win with a late score making the final tally 3-1.

 

The Lightning resumed league play on the road against the Copiague Arsenal.  The Lightning took a 1-0 lead in the first half on a penalty kick by Cucinella.  Copiague responded with a goal to even the score shortly before halftime.

 

Midfielder Andi Tuti connected with forward Kevin Vecchione who beat the Copiague keeper to narrow the Arsenal lead.  The Lightning lost 3-2.

 

Win Sends Tornado To Finals

 The GU12 semi-final round match between the Mineola Tornado and Carle Place Crush provided two hours of nail-biting drama on Tuesday May 6 at Carle Place High School, sending Mineola to the Long Island Cup Finals.  Both teams played terrific defense all game, constantly shutting down each others offensive opportunities.

 

The physical match reached the end of two complete halves without any goals scored.  The teams then played two complete overtime halves which again yielded no goals.

The 0-0 draw then moved to penalty kicks as nervous players and spectators eagerly watched, cheering with each save and successful kick.  After seven rounds of kicks, Mineola’s goalkeeper Kaitlyn “Solo” Goncalves made a clutch diving save to send her Tornado team on to the Long Island Cup finals, to be played on June 15.

 

Mineola Silences Gunners

The BU11 Mineola United squad remained undefeated with a 6-0 road win over the Oceanside Gunners on May 3. Sammy Anjo pounced on a stray ball minutes into the match and depositing it to the back of the Gunners net.  Anjo added a second goal with a quality finish before the halftime break. In the second half, Ruben Teixeira’s solid strike from the top of the box put the match almost out of reach. Manav Bansal showed discipline in dispatching a rebound for the fourth goal before teammate, Jack Keyes, placed a ball into the bottom corner. Eric Pavlou finished the scoring outburst with a clinical finish to close out the game.

 

Kosmos Bests Rampage

The GU9 Mineola Rampage, despite a tremendous and skillful effort against a talented Kosmos team, couldn’t find the equalizer in their exciting 6-5 game on May 4. Julianna DeBellis’ three consecutive goals paced the offensive outburst for Mineola. Sloane Sackett’s goalkeeping kept her team close as did the persistent and hard-working defending from Kailey McCormick, Caitlyn O’Keefe and Ashley Fereira. 

 

Mineola FC Wins Two

Liam Going’s play paced the soaring BU10 Mineola FC team to two strong wins on May 4. Going’s hat trick was the difference in his team’s 4-1 victory over Auburndale.  Assists from teammates Peter Murphy and Liam Russelman keyed the Mineola win, improving to 3-0-1. Mineola took on the North Babylon Avengers, with FC goalkeeper Andrew Pizzardi’s saves and punts propelled his team to their 1-0 victory as they advanced to the semi-final round of the Long Island Cup. Going found scored a close-range shot for the game’s only goal.  

 

Mini-Mustangs Tie, Lose

The GU15 Mineola Mini-Mustangs were eliminated from the Arch State Cup Tournament by the Valley Stream Vipers on May 4.  Mineola struggled to find open spaces as the Vipers aggressively shut down Mineola’s passing and crossing game.

Mineola then traveled to Hewlett-Woodmere.  The Mini’s used goals from Allison Lamonica and Brianna O’Brien to jump to a 2-0.  Hewlett scored two in a hard-fought draw.  Mineola improved to 2-0-1 and maintained a share of first place.

News

Audience members were treated to an evening of incredible singing by 10 extremely talented Wheatley students during the Tri-M Music Honor Society’s Wheatley Idol X on Friday, Nov. 7, in the packed Wheatley auditorium.

 

Nada Al-Okla, sang “Titanium” by David Guetta, Michaela Balboni sang “Safe and Sound” by Capital Cities, Alex Boubour sang “Love Song” by The Cure, Melanie Esquilin sang “At Last” by Etta James, Tessa Karikas sang “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus, Ben Lee sang “Sunday Morning” by Maroon 5, Lauren Levine sang “Drops of Jupiter” by Train, Ally Levy sang “A

Drop in the Ocean” by Ron Pope, Juliana Luber sang “Reflection” by Alan Menken and Morgan Misk sang “Valerie” by Amy Winehouse.

What Thanksgiving Means In Mineola

Thanksgiving is a holiday, a festival, celebration and food fest. Tradition says the first Thanksgiving feast was celebrated by pilgrims and Native Americans back in 1621 to give thanks for their harvest after a harsh winter. Over a century later, George Washington, the nation’s first president, issued a Thanksgiving proclamation in 1789.

 

Fast forward to 21st century—the modern day Thanksgiving has come a long way since then. What has not changed however is the shared elaborate meal consumed with family and  friends in the same spirit of celebration and giving thanks for the blessings.


Sports

Mineola High School student Mary Elizabeth Smith signed her letter of intent to attend Stetson University in the fall. She is receiving a partial athletic scholarship and will be a member of the Stetson Rowing team.  

 

Smith is an accomplished rower who has trained locally and competed nationally. She began her rowing career as a 10th grader and ranks 53 in her rowing classification. 


 

In their semifinals home playoff game, the 9-year-old Mineola Chiefs (7-2) shut out perennial power Seaford Broncos 21-0. 

 

The Chiefs defense, the strength of the team, was lights out, making gang tackles all over the field. The defensive line of Charlie Villa, Luigi Kaloudis, Michael Nygaard, Luke Ruiz, John Jochym, Zachary Bohringer, Johnny Kessler, Zakria Zulfiqar and Jack McCormack kept the pressure on Seaford’s offense all game long. The Linebackers John Viggiani and Nick Rios attacked the runners and finished off the Broncos.


Calendar

Rockinghams - November 29

Village Green Tree Lighting - December 2

Village Meeting - December 3 


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com