Thursday, 04 September 2014 00:00
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.
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.
Saturday, 25 October 2014 00:00
Way before Home Depot or Ace Hardware came into existence, there were little mom-and-pop shops like Munder’s True Value on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park. The hardware store, which opened its doors in 1948, is somewhat of a suburban dinosaur having outlasted several other hardware stores in the area.
“My father, Charles, opened this store in 1948 after returning home from World War II,” said Bill Munder, who took over the store operation seven years ago. “His parents wanted to know his plans after he returned home from the marines and he decided to open this store on Hillside Avenue.”
Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00
The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from the Mineola School District showing a mild resistance to the exams.
According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, Mineola had some of the lowest numbers, with eight students opting out of the English Language Arts test. However, not a single Mineola student missed the math test. In East Williston, the opt out rates were 75 students in ELA and 60 in math.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
The New York Cosmos hosted the Mineola Athletic Association’s Soccer Club recently for its penultimate fall 2014 home game. More than 140 members of the MAA soccer club and their families came out on a chilly October evening to show their love of the game. Twenty-two Mineola boys and girls had the honor of escorting the New York Cosmos and Ottawa Fury players onto the field in the traditional “Walk of Champions.”
The Mineola spirit must have inspired the home team, as spectators enjoyed the exciting 2-1 Cosmos victory, with the game-winning goal coming in stoppage time.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
As a current member of the Mineola High School Varsity Soccer team, senior, Catherine Cunningham has been dominating the scoring for the Mustangs. She has 12 goals and two assists in the last seven games.
In her last week of play alone, she amassed six goals in just three games. As a captain for the last two years, Cunningham has been an All-Conference and All-Class player, leading her team to two victories so far this season.