The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association announced that the Olympic Development Program (ODP) coach and Mineola resident Ian Stone, head coach of the Region 1 East ODP Girls-Under-17 squad, received the Bob Blitz
Sportsmanship Award from the New York Metro Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association (NYMISOA) at The Sterling in Bethpage on Nov. 11. The referees of NYMISOA selected Stone for the award based on their officiating of college soccer games from Westchester to Long Island. Stone also won the NYMISOA Sportsmanship Award in 1994, his first year in charge of coaching the St. John’s Red Storm women’s team and is one of only seven coaches to receive the NYMISOA Sportsmanship Award twice.
The GU14 Mineola Red Bulls solidified their spot atop the standings with a solid all-around effort in their 3-0 win over Plainedge on Nov. 10. Joanna Graca’s goals paced the offensive effort for Mineola, which improved to 6-1-1 on the season.
November 9, 2013 Despite numerous scoring opportunities the GU12 Mineola Tornado could not find a way past a talented Massapequa goalkeeper, falling 2-0 in a well-played game on Nov. 9. Amanda Ustick and Rebecca Sparacio’s footwork and creative passing from the midfield created frequent opportunities for teammates Elora Folkson, Kristin Tarab and Emma Brown but time after time the skillful Mineola forwards were frustrated by the Massapequa net-minder. Kaitlyn Ariza’s solid defending helped keep Mineola in the game as she constantly thwarted attacks on the Mineola goal.
The BU9 Mineola Mavericks Red played to a 3-3 draw with Syosset on Oct. 27. Lukian Lawro scored all three goals for the Mavericks and Greg Kenney made some nice saves to keep his team in the game. Jack Gray, Mac Kelly and Malcolm DeCollibus provided good scoring opportunities. The Mavericks Red also played to a 3-3 draw against Manhasset as second half goals from Jack Sargeant (two goals) and a game-tying tally from Jack Gray (with an assist from EJ Vangrembergen) evened the score
The Mavericks White team played another Manhasset squad and came away with an impressive 3-1 win. Eric Rosati had a goal and Nick Kostulias had two breakaway goals. The Mavericks enjoyed a solid defensive performance from Adam Tobar and great goalkeeping from Rosati and Malcolm DeCollibus. Jack Franz and Luke Williams helped move the ball around for assists. The Mavericks White also recently fell to Bellmore by a score of 4-0 despite strong defensive performances from DeCollibus and Mikie Duda.
There was a lot to proud of during the Mineola Mustangs 4-4 regular season, which qualified them for a playoff berth. The feel good story, however, came to an abrupt end with a 34-6 defeat on Saturday, Nov. 9 at the hands of the West Hempstead Rams and their backfield, which produced four touchdown runs.
“They are a bigger and better team,” said Mustangs head coach Dan Guido. “They beat us twice this year,” he added.
The 2013 New York Open TaeKwonDo Championships/Korean Cultural Festival was held on Saturday Oct. 19 at Cantiague Park Ice Rink, West John Street, Hicksville, NY 11801.
U.S. Tae Kwon Do of Mineola took home gold, sivler and bronze medals in form, board-breaking and sparring.
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.
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