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MAA Travel Soccer News

Mineola FC Topples North Shore

The BU10 Mineola FC squad used a balanced offensive effort to top North Shore 4-2 at Wilson Park on May 31. Mineola’s offense constantly spread North Shore’s defenders apart during the game, with long diagonal passes to the corners. Mineola’s first score came off a Greg Kenney shot which ricocheted off a North Shore defender and into the goal.

Minutes later, Kenney’s cross found Liam Russelman in front of the North Shore net, where the skillful midfielder volleyed the ball expertly past the keeper. Liam Going provided Mineola’s third goal, driving a hard shot from the top of the penalty area past the diving keeper. Mineola’s balanced offense featured a fourth goal scorer, as Chris Feathers perfectly spun and one-timed a terrific missile of a shot across the goalkeeper and into the far corner of the net.

 

Brent Muessig’s sold mid-fielding and passing set up numerous opportunities for his team, and Peter Murphy and Luke Sommese played well on defense. Andrew Pizzardi’s goalkeeping was predictably superb, with North Shore’s two goals coming off brilliant individual efforts and shots.  Mineola FC held its first place spot with the win, improving to 6-0-1 on the season.

 

Mini-Mustangs Gallop Past Northport

The GU15 Mineola Mini-Mustangs used a crisp and consistent offensive surge to drive past the Northport Voltage 6-1 at Wilson Park on June 1. Strikers Allison Lamonica and Katie Russelman contributed two goals and an assist each, with center-mid and offensive catalyst Brianna O’Brien also contributing two scores, including a perfectly placed header from a Shannon Durham corner kick.

 

Fran Chavez starred in goal for Mineola, constantly bolting from her goal box to corral any loose Northport passes and through-balls. Gretchen Keller and Valerie Cobos’ solid defending all game helped keep Mineola transitioning quickly to the attack.

 

Midfielders Sam Lima and Natalia Cotto’s terrific efforts led to many scoring opportunities.  Mineola improved to 5-0-1 on the season and remained in first place in their division.


News

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.

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.


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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