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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

Winthrop University Hospital employee Jeffrey Brenner, a hyperbaric technician with the Life Support Technologies group in Mineola, recently received the American Heart Association’s prestigious Louis J. Acampora Heart Saver Award at a dinner at the Crest Hollow Country Club. The award is named for a Long Island teenager who succumbed to a sporting injury that is understood to have been preventable if a cardiac medical device had been immediately on-scene and applied. 

 

“I hope that I have made a real difference in my town and the world around me to help prevent death and improve the quality of people’s lives” said Brenner.

The Wheatley School recently hosted an Item Writing Workshop for more than 100 language teachers representing districts across New York State.  The workshop was sponsored by the Foreign Language Association of Chairpersons and Supervisors (FLACS), the professional organization that has assumed responsibility for the creation and administration of the FLACS

Checkpoint A and B Exams (formerly the NYS Second Language Proficiency and Regents Exams).


Sports

After consecutive seasons of finishing runner-up in the men’s golf Player of the Year for the Skyline Conference, Christian Bleck of St. Joseph’s took home first place in a rather unlikely turn of events. 

 

After a herniated disc caused the Chaminade High School alum to miss every event after the first week of the season until the conference tournament, Bleck returned—without even having the luxury of practicing a full 18 holes—and competed with the best players the conference has to offer. 

Cross-Country Crowned Champs

The Mineola Mustang boys cross-country team won the division 4A championship recently at Bethpage State Park.  This is the first championship for the program since 1974, ending a 40-year championship drought. 

 

Mineola defeated Seaford, who also entered the undefeated in division competition, 38-20.  Overcoming rain and high winds throughout the race, many Mustangs ran personal records for the 5K in route to the victory.


Calendar

Mineola School Meeting - November 20

Fools Rush In - November 21

Mustangs Face Roosevelt - November 22 


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