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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

As the night sky fell on Memorial Park last Thursday, Mineola residents and officials paused to remember the almost 3,000 lives that were lost in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

 

Mayor Scott Strauss, a former NYPD EMS worker and 9/11 first responder, was one of the many who rushed into Manhattan after the attacks, searching the rubble for survivors. He was part of the rescue effort that saved the lives of Port Authority Police officers Will Jimeno and John McLoughlin.

Swaths of nearby and local residents flocked to the sixth annual Mineola Street Fair on Sunday, Sept. 14. With vendors lined up and down the streets featuring local businesses and restaurants, live performances and various entertainment for kids, the Mineola Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event didn’t disappoint Mary Cheung of Great Neck.

 

“These fairs are always fun,” she said. “It’s not too hot, not too cold. The music is the best part.”


Sports

Though it had already hosted the series of lacrosse games during the regular season this past spring, Chaminade High School’s new Gold Star Stadium was officially christened on Saturday, Sept. 6, named in honor of the 56 alumni who had perished during combat.

 

“Tradition holds that when one dies in the service a gold star is given to the family,” said Chaminade President Bro. Thomas Cleary. “Our 56 Gold Star Alumni are honored for their selflessness, courage, and integrity.”

Although the expectations for the 2014 Mineola Mustangs boy’s varsity soccer season may be somewhat measured, the team enters the season with the goal of a berth in the Nassau County playoffs. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

There is considerable talent on the horizon. There are only four starting seniors and five sophomores on the roster. Four year starting senior forward Daniel Pardo returns (19 goals in three seasons) as does senior standout goalkeeper Andrew Pereira.


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

International Night - September 18

Bereavement Support Group - September 19


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