Thursday, 03 July 2014 00:00
MAA Travel Soccer teams competing in both the Long Island Junior Soccer League and the New York Club Soccer League (NYCSL) ended their spring campaigns. MAA teams celebrated four league titles. The GU15 Mini-Mustangs used a dramatic last-minute goal to overtake North Babylon for first place; the BU11 Mineola United earned a crucial 3 points in their league final to finish as co-champions; the BU10 Mineola FC capped their terrific season, beating Freeport to finish undefeated at the top of their division; and the BU9 Mavericks finished atop their group in the NYCSL.
The BU11 Mineola United squad capped a stellar Spring campaign with a 9-3 victory over the Garden City Heat on June 14 to secure a tie for first place in Division N-4 with an 8-1-1 record. The United boys, eager to right the ship after the lone loss of the season (a 3-2 loss to Franklin Square) came out full bore to start the game.
Mineola was up 5-1 at halftime. After Mineola scored again, the Heat squad answered back with two long-range goals to put the game within reach at 6-3. Mineola added three more to put the game away. Jack Keyes had his first hat trick, while Sammy Anjo had a pair of goals and Marco Cangemi scored a header off an Anjo corner pass. Ruben Teixeira demonstrated his formidable technical skill throughout the match and also joined the scoring barrage with a clinical finish. Manav Bansal scored with a strike from his left back position and the strong left foot of Eric Pavlou added one more.
Nicky Guglielmo was his usual productive self at both holding and attacking mid positions. The defense was solid and started many build-ups throughout the day led by William Winski, Michael Vittuci and Bansal. David Cabrera played great as the United keeper. Mineola’s Michael Lopes demonstrated his versatility at left midfield and James Medved brought his typical high energy game and was a valuable contributor to his team’s success.
The BU10 Mineola FC squad capped their terrific season with a tough 2-1 victory over Freeport Milan on June 14. Mineola finished the season at 8-0-1 and alone atop their division, for their first title. Liam Going gave his Mineola team the lead with a free kick drive from 25 yards. After the Freeport team found the equalizer, Mineola began to press hard for the win. After a long-range shot from Luke Sommese was saved by the Freeport keeper, Mattheus Silva jumped on the rebound and scored from a close angle to provide his team with the lead.
The BU16 Mineola Lightning team finished their season with a victory at their long-time rivals, the Oceanside Bulls on June 15, 5-2. The Lightning struck first with a header by Kevin Vecchione set up by Joe Cucinella’s cross. Vecchione’s perfectly placed low shot in the corner on a penalty kick of the net provided no chance for the Bulls goalie.
Vecchione’s corner kick five minutes later found the head of teammate Julian Riezgo for a 3-0 Mineola lead. Fullback Eric Pereira came within inches of breaking his scoreless streak when the Bulls goalie made a diving one-handed save to turn away his blistering shot off of a rebound. Oceanside responded with a goal on a rebound that made the score 3-1 at half time.
In the second half, a Cucinella cross led to Vecchione’s third goal of the game. Oceanside responded with a goal that made the score 4-2.
Mineola held off the Bulls attack and sealed the victory with Riezgo’s second header of the match with six minutes to go on a free kick from Cucinella.
He assisted on four scores. Midfielders Bobby Schoen, Andi Tuti, Tony Macchietto and Ronal Laurice all had strong games helping Mineola control play for most of the match. The Lightning finished the spring season with a record of 5-4 in league play and 2-1 in the Long Island Cup Tournament. The team scored 28 goals this season.
Alana Conroy’s goal with 30 seconds remaining propelled the GU15 Mineola Mini-Mustangs to division champions, capping a terrific 3-2 victory over North Babylon on June 15. The Mini-Mustangs entered their contest against the North Babylon Blast trailing their rival by two points for the division title.
With the game knotted at two, Annie Cripps slid a short pass to Allison Lamonica near the left corner. Lamonica lofted a cross that fell behind the Blast goalkeeper along the six-yard line. Conroy carefully trapped the ball before walking the ball into the back of the North Babylon net for the dramatic winner.
The second half began with Mineola trailing 2-1. Brianna O’Brien’s chip sent Christen Patalano in on goal at the 10-minute mark. Patalano’s smash into the corner of the goal drew Mineola even and the momentum from that goal carried them for the rest of the game. Katie Russelman nearly gave Mineola the lead off a terrific individual effort that led to a breakaway. The resulting shot was saved by the Blast’s keeper.
The GU15 Mineola Mini-Mustangs, having already clinched first place, used a potent first-half offensive surge to defeat the Stony Brook Power 5-0 on June 21. Allison Lamonica connected three times for Mineola, including once off a cross from right-back Valerie Cobos and another off a goal mouth cross from Brianna O’Brien. Michelle Viola also contributed an assist from her left-back position, feeding O’Brien for one of her two tallies. Goalkeeper Fran Chavez made a sensational diving save to preserve the shutout. Mineola finished their league season at 7-1-1 (12-3-1 in all competitions).
Toni Ondris’ first half score from in close proved to be all that the GU13 Mineola Renaissance would need in their victory over Port Washington on June 22. Mineola earned their second win thanks in part to the solid efforts of their defensive corps – outside backs Hannah O’Neil and Megan Russelman; and center backs Jenna Cox and Erin Buckley. Stephanie Pereira also had a key defensive play for Mineola, as she skillfully headed away from danger what would have been a goal late in the game. Kaitlyn Wetzel helped Mineola find the all-important second goal, crossing the ball beautifully after a long run and finding Melissa Pereira at the far post for a one-timer that sealed the victory.
— From the MAA
Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00
In a typical Long Island community packed with houses and backyards, there are a couple of acres of open land of community gardens where people are growing basil and dahlias and roses and cabbages—people like Terry Dunckey of Westbury and Peg Woerner of Great Neck, tending their small plots and helping to promote sustainable and organic practices.
East Meadow Farm, off Merrick Avenue, is owned by Nassau County and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Nassau County. Previously it was a family-owned farm that was purchased by the county through the Environment Bond Act Program, a $150 million program that called for, among several mandates, the preservation of 400 acres of open space. In 2009, CCE of Nassau was awarded the lease to the land and in January 2012 took possession of the property. East Meadow Farm is a place where we can get the best advice on how to make our gardens grow without harming the earth. Part of the CCE’s original proposal was the establishment of a farmer’s market and, now, the market is open two days a week, a place to purchase organic vegetables and flowers during the growing season.
Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00
Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.
Nassau County officials say they’re still investigating locations in the Mineola School District, while leaning towards installing cameras near the North Side or Willets Road schools in the East Williston School District. Cameras could begin operation in September.
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
Nobody wants to make excuses, but sometimes when the injury bug hits, it’s impossible to overcome. Mineola Mustangs football head coach Dan Guido, entering his 28th season at helm, knows the injuries were the cause for their first-round defeat at the hands of the West Hempstead Rams last November.
“There was too many injuries on the offensive line last season,” said Guido. “It was supposed to be our strength and it ended up being a weak link by the end of the season.”
Even with those injuries, the Mustangs went 4-4 during the regular season.
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
The BU15 Mineola Revolution were crowned champions of the Roar at the Shore Tournament 2014 in West Islip on Aug. 10. After dropping the opener 2-0 against North Valley Stream, Mineola bounced back to beat Freeport Premiere 2-1.
The Revolution’s offense exploded in the third game as they beat West Islip 7-0. Mineola’s final game pitted them against Quickstrike FC, which entered the contest without a loss and within a point of winning the tournament.