The Mineola Mustang varsity football team defeated the Clarke Rams this week by a score of 33-14 on Saturday, Oct. 26, clinching a playoff spot. On the opening possession, the Mustangs drove the length of the field only to fumble into the end zone and lose a touchdown opportunity. They proceeded to give up a long touchdown pass, trailing 7-0 at the end of the first quarter. The Mustangs then scored with a 25-yard touchdown pass form Vinny Bieniek to Brian Smith.
The Mineola defense led by middle linebacker Ryan Eccher and defensive end Edien Hincappie stopped the Rams on three plays, giving Mineola the ball back at the two-minute warning. Bieniek connected with Smith again for a 30-yard touchdown to give the Mustangs a 14-7 lead.
Honey Badgers Remain Undefeated
Two undefeated teams met when the GU11 Mineola Honey Badgers and the Baldwin Tigers battled in a game for first place on Oct. 19. Early on it looked as if the Tigers would prevail. Baldiwn kept Mineola on their heels for the first ten minutes of the game. Had it not been for the strong defensive play of Julianna Anteri, Sheila O’Mara, Julia Nygaard, and Victoria LoPiccolo Mineola may have fallen behind by a few goals. Julia Nygaard’s tremendous slide-tackle to prevent a Baldwin goal was the key play that kept Mineola in the game,before Trista Bugalla scored to give Mineola 1-0 lead at halftime.
The Mineola Mustangs defeated Cold Spring Harbor by a score of 47-0. The scoring opened with a 20-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Vinny Bienik to tight end Justin Oommen. The second score came after a nice drive with a with a fumble recovery in the endzone by Justin Oommen as the mustangs were running in for the score.
The score was 21-0 at the half on a pass from running back Kyle Dunleavy to Oommen on a fake sweep. The second half continued to go the Mustangs way as Ryan Eccher ran for a 45 yard touchdown (11 carries for 108 Yards) on the opening drive.
Vinny Bieniek looked around the room at his teammates and was visibly upset. After all, he felt his team was being disrespected by being ranked as the No. 12 seed in the preseason.
“This team is not a 12 seed,” said the senior quarterback of Mineola. “I told my teammate Brian Gaffney, let’s shock the system” he added.
The signal-caller for the Mustangs is backing up his words so far and having a strong year. The team is attempting to outperform expectations in a year that the opposing coaches in the conference were not very generous in the preseason rankings. The ranking seemed unwarranted considering the team finished 2012 with a respectable 5-4 record before being defeated by No. 1 ranked Seaford in the Nassau League IV quarterfinals.
Senior Chris Farrell is a true embodiment of the title of scholar-athlete. Farrell is a high achieving AP and Honors student, ranked sixth in his class. He is also a member of the varsity soccer and baseball teams, along with several clubs and organizations. He is a leader on and off the field.
Farrell is currently the co-captain of the boys soccer team. As the anchor of the Mustangs defense at central defender he has been instrumental in the teams drive for a return to the playoffs. Although defense was not Farrell’s natural position, he has taken on the responsibility to help his team win. As one of only four starting seniors on a young and inexperienced team, his leadership and maturity have gone a long way to helping this team achieve success.
Mineola Mustang offensive lineman Christian Martin has made great strides and has become a solid two-way player on the line of the Mustangs. His commitment in the offseason to strength training has enabled him to open up lanes for Mustang ball carriers through the first four games.
In consecutive wins over Carle Place/Wheatley and North Shore, Martin helped pave the way to a pounding running game that powered the Mustangs to more than 500 rushing yards in the two games. As a team captain, he plays multiple positions on the line and leads by example as a student athlete as he holds an overall 87 average.
Martin hopes to play college football and is actively seeking out opportunities to further his career as a student athlete at the next level. Martin also has soft hands for a big guy (275 lbs), but his size and strength led the coaches to use him on the line as opposed to tight end.
Oct. 6-Two goals apiece from Joanna Graca and Katie Assalone paced the hard-working GU14 Mineola Red Bulls, as they held off South Merrick for a thrilling 4-3 victory. Eve Sommese, Ava Collica and Assalone provided strong play on defense while Christina Hefele and Sara Tuti’s terrific midfield play provided support for forwards Maggie Basel and Michela Franz. Sofia Cataliotti one again provided the heroics in goal for Mineola, turning aside many South Merrick shots.
Tornado Wins Again
The GU12 Mineola Tornado blanked the Port Washington Wave Runners 4-0 in a game in which Mineola demonstrated tremendous ball movement and control throughout the 60-minute game. Emma Lopes’ penalty kick put the Tornado on the board before Rebecca Sparacio’s hard shot doubled the lead before halftime. Mineola’s offense launched a flurry of shots at the Port Washington goal throughout the second half, eventually adding goals from forwards Kristin Tarab and Kaitlyn Ariza.
Sweet Victory For Honey Badgers
The GU11 Mineola Honey Badgers defeated the South Merrick Riptide 4-2. The Honey Badgers started off the scoring with a goal by Maggie Caroddo early in the first half. After a Riptide goal in the second half, the Mineola defensive core of Sheila O’Mara, Julianna Anteri, and Julia Nygaard took over, limiting shots on goal. Mid-fielders Charlotte Williams and Amber Nikolic provided outstanding outside pressure, helping on second half goals by Brianna Werny and Trista Bugalla. A blast from Jolie Ilchert off a direct kick that screamed into the top left corner of the Riptide goal wrapped up the scoring for Mineola.
Mineola Empire Strong In Victory
The BU13 Mineola Empire FC endured a tough match against the Uniondale Tigres. Empire FC won the hard-fought battle 3-0. Mineola’s team speed and crisp passing attack provided the difference, leading to goals from Yuval Coriat, Migdo Salmeron and Benjamin Danialian. Mineola’s goalkeeper Federico Lippmann registered his first clean sheet of the season.
Rampage Fall Short Against New Hyde Park
Despite strong defending from Ashley Ferriera and Mackensie Nikolic the GU9 Mineola Rampage were unable to hold off a strong New Hyde Park’s attack. A g goal from Mineola’s Delia Steiner off a mighty effort excited the cheering supporters but wasn’t enough for the Rampage, who fell by a 3-1 score.
Six Goals Pace The Red Bulls
The GU14 Mineola Red Bulls used an offensive explosion to gallop past the Plainedge Dynamite 6-4. Mineola improved their record to 2-1 following the victory. Joanna Graca’s considerable talents were on display all game long, as the Mineola striker drilled four goals past the Plainedge keeper. Caitlyn Assalone’s playmaking (1 goal, 3 assists) paced Mineola’s furious attack. Maggie Basel’s second tally in as many games rounded out the scoring for the Red Bulls.
FC Mineola Blanks Island Trees
Four separate goal scorers paced the BU10 FC Mineola (1-0-2) squad to a 4-0 win over previously unbeaten Island Trees. Liam Going’s second goal of the season provided Mineola with a 1-0 lead at halftime, before his team’s relentless attacking pushed three second-half goals across.
Greg Kenney and Phil Machietto each scored their first goal of the season while Mineola’s talented right midfielders Peter Murphy scored his second of the season. Andrew Pizzardi survived a penalty kick and several other tough shots to earn his first shutout of the season in goal.
Mini-Mustangs Strong Second Half Tops Baldwin
The GU15 Mineola Mini-Mustangs (1-1-1) fell behind early against a strong and fast Baldwin Panthers team before rallying for four unanswered goals to secure their first win of the season. Meghan Lafaye’s perfect free kick led Allison Lamonica in on goal to tie the score before halftime.
Mineola played a flawless second half, aggressively trapping and winning balls in the middle of the field and maintaining consistent pressure on the Baldwin defense. Shannon Durham put her team on top with a well-struck shot from inside the box following a nifty pass from Brianna O’Brien. Minutes later Durham delivered a nicely weighted free kick over the Baldwin wall to Lamonica, who drilled home her second of the game from close range.
Mineola’s final goal was the result of a fantastic individual play from Natalia Terezakis, who jumped in front of a clearing kick, e trapped the ball with her chest and thigh and then two-touched a perfect feed to O’Brien who delivered a shot past the Baldwin keeper. Jillian Palma and Brianna Lopes led the Mineola defensive corps with solid efforts.
Courtney Capobianco, 17
Senior Courtney Capobianco, is Mineola High School’s starting setter for the varsity volleyball team. She has led the team to its current 4-1 record. As co-captain of the team, Capobianco promotes camaraderie among her teammates and can be heard spreading her positive energy on and off the court.
Hundreds came out to the Mineola High School homecoming parade this past Saturday to support the Mustangs. The parade marched its way down Jericho Turnpike to the home field near Hampton Street, despite a pouring rain. The damp weather could not dampen the spirits of students participating in the parade or the cheering of the enthusiastic spectators.
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