Friday, 17 September 2010 00:00
The U12 Mineola Mini-Mustangs began its fall campaign with a hard-earned second place finish at the East Meadow Soccer Tournament, New York State’s largest soccer tournament. Mineola earned four points in pool play to advance to the championship game on Aug. 29.
In the opening game against Syosset, Mineola rallied from a 3-0 deficit on a scorching penalty kick from Allison Lamonica and a tough-angle shot from Brianna O’Brien. Syosset’s defense held Mineola back from that point for the 3-2 win.
The Mini-Mustangs, led by goalkeeper Cara Kennedy and solid defensive play from Jillian Palma, Meghan Lafaye, Olivia Delay, Shannon Durham, and Antonia Ciuffo topped Oceanside 2-0 in their second game. The game featured two more goals from Lamonica, one coming off a perfect feed from Alana Conroy.
Mineola secured its place in the final with a 1-1 tie against Northport. Lamonica once again provided the scoring for the Mini’s who were also led by the tireless efforts of Christen Patalano.
Michelle Viola, Natalia Terezakis and Valerie Cobos played well on defense. In the championship, Mineola found itself once again in a 3-0 hole against Syosset. Lamonica scored off a long run through the heart of Syosset’s defense to cut the deficit to two goals.
Syosset took a 4-1 lead as the second half begun but Mineola’s hard working midfielders Emma Feimer, Annie Cripps and Katie Russelman and forward Erin Talty helped rally their teammates and moments later Gretchen Keller completed a long run with a perfect left-footed shot past the Syosset keeper. Lamonica minutes later scored off a perfect free kick to get her team within one goal.
Syosset’s defense tightened again and held Mineola scoreless the rest of the game to take first place. Mineola played without Natalia Cotto.