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MAA Travel Soccer News

Tornado Whirls Past Cheetahs

Meghan Heckelman’s two early goals set the stage for the GU12 Mineola Tornado (3-0-1) in their commanding 5-0 victory over the Port Washington Cheetahs at Harbor Links on May 5. Sasha Guriel’s efforts provided the next Mineola score. Guriel finished the play, burying the resulting penalty kick with a quality strike on the ball. Rebecca Sparacio beat two players with the ball before delivering a blistering shot over the fingertips of the Cheetah keeper.

FC Tops Port Washington

Struggling through the first warm day of the season, the BU10 Mineola FC squad found a way to win 3-0 against a tight defending Port Washington team on May 10. James Teadore’s first goal gave Mineola (4-0-1) a lead it would hold until late in the second half. Teadore, playing in the striker role, pounced on a loose ball off a corner kick in front of the Port Washington goal and drove it home less than a minute into the game.

Mineola’s defense aided outside midfielder Liam Going behind the defense and drove home a hard shot from the top of the penalty area. Minutes later, a corner kick off the foot of Greg Kenney seemed to be heading into the Port Wasshington goal, but just in case Teadore again pounced and tapped it home for the certain final tally of the game.

Mini-Mustangs Tame Lionesses

The GU15 Mineola Mini-Mustangs used a strong second half to secure a 3-2 comeback victory over the Longwood Lionesses on May 11. The game started quickly for the Minis, when center-midfielder Brianna O’Brien, after receiving a pass seconds after the opening whistle, drove through the center of the Longwood defense. As the goalkeeper came out to cut down O’Brien’s angle, she drove a shot over the keeper and into the back of the net for the fastest opening goal in team history. Mineola continued to press for the next 15 minutes before Longwood’s striker drove a shot from the left sideline over Mineola keeper Fran Chavez to tie the game. Ten minutes later, Longwood converted another long shot off a direct free kick as a perfectly placed shot eluded Chavez.

Mineola’s Natalia Terezakis, Alana Conroy and Emma Feimer’s poised play helped the offense get into gear and Shannon Durham beat the aggressive Longwood keeper to a ball at the outside of the penalty area, turned with the ball and sent a left-footed shot into the goal. Mineola continued to pressure Longwood and nearly scored off chances by Michelle Viola, O’Brien and Conroy.

Gretchen Keller’s short pass off a free kick sent Allison Lamonica cruising towards the Longwood back-line. Lamonica moved across the top of the penalty area before stopping and turning and coming back across the top towards the center arch.  

Lightning Strikes Over The Weekend

After two disappointing games that saw the BU16 Mineola Lightning (3-2) eliminated from the Long Island Cup and losing in league play, the team bounced back with a vengeance. On Saturday, May 10, the Lightning took on their local league rival the Garden City Raiders, at Wilson Park. Mineola took control early with midfielders Julian Riezgo and Brian Tavares frustrating Garden City’s attempts at clearing the ball from their own end.

Forward Kevin Vecchione put Mineola ahead 1-0 with a hard shot from inside the 18 yard line. Vecchione struck again 18 minutes later to increase the lead to 2-0. Forward Joe Cucinella beat the Garden City keeper twice before halftime, with the second goal coming off a cross from Kevin Vecchione, allowing the Lightning to take a 4-0 lead into break.

Later, midfielder Alec Leitman served up a beautiful corner kick that fullback Eric Pereira headed off of the crossbar before midfielder Manny DeMatos, following the play, expertly headed the rebound home. Mineola kept the Raiders off of the scoreboard for a final tally of 5-0.

The Mineola squad picked up where they had left off Saturday night with a quick score by Vecchione only two minutes into the match on May 11. The Lightning took control of the match with a second goal by Cucinella at 10:40 of the first half.

Midfielder Riezgo used his speed to get behind the Rocky Point defenders and beat the keeper to put the Lightning ahead 3-0 before halftime. DeMatos once again drove home a rebound, this time off a Riezgo shot. The Lightning kept buzzing and increased the lead on a cross from Pereira that found Cucinella, who beat the Rocky Point keeper to seal the victory. The Cosmos answered with a late goal in the 5-1 Mineola victory.

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


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