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.
Nicole Forte, a senior at Mineola High School, is the co-captain and starting center midfielder on Mineola’s Girls Varsity soccer team.
Forte is an exceptional player, who earned a starting spot on the varsity team as a freshman. Throughout the past four years, her speed, footwork and ability earned Forte recognition throughout the county.
The Mineola Mustangs girls varsity volleyball team started off the season defeating the Clarke Rams in three games, 25-21, 25-17 and 25-14. Courtney Copabianco led the team with five aces and Valerie Fischer notched 11 kills. The team looks to challenge Seaford for the Conference title this year as they did in 2012. The Mustangs lost to Seaford in the county finals last year.
The expectations for Mineola High School’s 2013 boys varsity soccer season will be more measured than in recent years, with a fresh crop of young talent. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.
The Mustangs expect to be competitive in the very near future with junior Daniel Pardo returning (14 goals in 2 seasons) and a solid defense led by junior goalkeeper Andrew Pereira and anchored by senior sweeper Chris Farrell.
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