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Mini-Mustangs Take Shootout Crown

Thanks to the solid goalkeeping of Sofia Cataliotti the GU16 Mineola Mini-Mustangs held on for a 1-0 win against West Islip in their final game of the 2014 Long Island Soccer Shootout Tournament in Sachem on Aug. 17. The victory crowned Mineola as tournament champions.


The Mini-Mustangs started slowly, falling to a tough Longwood team 3-2 in the opening game despite goals from Shannon Durham and Allison Lamonica. Mineola’s relentless team defending came back to form in the next two games, with Brianna Lopes, Jillian Palma, Meghan Lafaye, Annie Cripps and Valerie Cobos consistently turning aside attacks from their Northport and Sachem opponents.


Mineola galloped past Northport 6-0, with Durham and Lamonica again scoring. Brianna O’Brien scored twice from her center-midfield spot. Strikers Emma

Feimer and Christen Patalano each added a goal. Against Sachem, strong midfield play by Antonia Ciuffo, Natalia Terezakis, Sam Lima and Alana Conroy helped Mineola control the middle of the pitch. Natalia Cotto (off a perfect cross from Lamonica) scored for Mineola in between tallied by Lamonica and Durham. Katie Russelman added two shows from her striker position.


Mineola entered the final game in second place behind Longwood. Needing to win to have a chance at the tournament title, the Mini’s started strong and scored before the ten-minute mark.


Stopper Gretchen Keller masterfully won a ball in the middle of the field and quickly fed teammate O’Brien, who calmly drilled a left-footed shot into the back of the West Islip net from just outside the 18-yard line. West Islip’s stingy defense held Mineola scoreless the rest of the way. As game wore on,

Mineola found themselves under constant pressure.


Cataliotti’s heroics included a leaping and lunging save to deflect a tough shot wide of the Mini’s goal with five minutes remaining. Mineola finished the tournament with a 3-1 record and an impressive 12 goals scored against only three allowed.


Mineola Great Effort Falls Short

The BU11 Mineola FC squad faced strong competition during the pre-season East Meadow Tournament at Mitchel Field on Aug. 23.  Mineola started the tournament with a solid defensive effort, beating the Smithtown Redwings 3-0 behind a strong goalkeeping effort from Andrew Pizzardi. Liam Going put

Mineola on the scoreboard midway through the first half, finishing a close-in shot. Minutes later, Liam Russelman took a short pass from Greg Kenney and drove a bending shot off the far post and into the net past a screened Redwings keeper.


Going would score again to give Minoela a commanding 3-0 lead before halftime. Luke Sommese and Peter Murphy’s defensive efforts and strong work from Jack Ruane and Thomas Daly kept the Shithtown team under pressure throughout the game. Mineola’s second game saw them jump out to a 1-0 lead against the RVC Hotspur.


Driving to the Hotspur goal, Going drove past the final defender and slid a perfect ball into the corner of the goal before halftime. Pizzardi and Mineola’s stingy defending held the powerful RVC attack scoreless until the ten minute mark of the second half, when the Hotspur connected off a corner kick. 


RVC would add two more goals and applied constant pressure against Mineola to earn the victory.


In their third game, Mineola needed to win to have a chance at playing in the final game. Once again Mineola would score first as Greg Kenney perfectly drove a penalty kick into the corner of the Garden City Park Dragons net.


Minutes later the Dragons would tie the game as a deflected shot caromed off a Mineola defender and past a sprawling Pizzardi. The Dragons would score again as a defensive header took a large bounce and dropped into the goal over the stretching fingertips of Pizzardi.


Mineola, trailing by one goal as the second half wore on, began to press with Kenney, Mattheus Silva, Ryan Driscoll and Nicholas Buffolino leading the attack.  A throw-in from Russelman set teammate Going up for a shot from twenty yards and the talented striker drove his shot off a defender and into the back of the net for the equalizer.  Knowing that a 2-2 draw would not be enough, Mineola FC kept pressing. The Dragons would eventually catch Mineola on a break with a hard shot driving past Pizzardi for a 3-2 Dragons lead.


As the game’s final minutes ticked off, Mineola attacked relentlessly. Midfielder Brian Heckelman replaced Pizzardi in goal with the instructions from the sideline to play more as a central defender, high up the field.


The strategic move nearly paid dividends, as Heckelman drove a free kick from 30 yards off the right post. The game would end 3-2 in the most exciting match of the tournament for both teams.  The Dragons would eventually win the tournament, beating the Garden City Cosmos 3-1 in the final.


Mineola Street Fair Volunteers

Audition Hosts: Eleanor Rigby’s Restauant, Mineola Village Hall, Piccola Bussola and Plum Tomatoes

Audition Team: Master  Performance Artist Ed Dennehy of Huntington/ formerly of Mineola 

Robert Busch, Little Neck and Melville Fire Department, Adrian Gaeckler: Oyster Bay/ Nassau Coliseum Staff, Nigel Gretton: Hempstead/ St John’s University Performing Arts Chair Lady Laura,  Hempstead/ Global Performing Artist, Ralph DeSalvo: Williston Park, Musician/  Band Leader.   

Al Trompeter, Entertainment Promoter 

Special Touches: Bagelman of Mineola ( Entertainment Committee Host) 

Creations de Belle of Mineola (Street Decorations/ Balloons)

Tom Hayden has been a member of Mineola Golden Age for nearly 20 years. 


Growing up in Flushing, Queens, he has lived in Mineola for about 40 years.  Hayden has five children—two on Long Island, two in Florida, and one in Maryland—and 13 grand-children, all girls.  


The Mineola Mustangs ended last year’s playoff run in a 34-6 drubbing from the West Hempstead Rams. Mineola was poised for another post season push in 2014 and it showed last week, with a 15-14 victory over the Rams in homecoming weekend.


With a slow start in the first half, Mineola (4-1) put their first points on the board in the second quarter with a field goal by senior Robert Lang.  After a touchdown by the Rams (2-3), they headed into halftime 7-3.

FC Mineola Stumbles Against Hota

Despite two goals from Liam Going, the BU11 Mineola FC squad fell to a relentless and talented Hota Panthers team at Soccer Park in Plainview on Sept. 6.  Hota jumped out to a 4-0 lead before Going connected on his first tally, launching a 30-yard free kick that dropped over the Hota keeper. The Mineola striker’s second goal brought his team to within two goals of their opponent, but Hota scored several more goals in the second half in a strong performance.  Mineola’s Nicholas Buffolino and Luke Sommese gave solid efforts for Mineola in the season-opener for both teams.


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