Friday, 01 April 2011 00:00
March 19-The BU9 Mineola Magic started its spring season with a thrilling come-from-behind win against a talented Lindenhurst Strikers team. The Magic trailed 3-1 at halftime and fell behind 4-2 with five minutes remaining in the game.
The gritty play of Ivan Kalinic and Aidan McMahon inspired Magic teammates and the heroics of goalkeeper Stephen Collica (three critical saves on consecutive close-in shots) kept the Magic in the game. Kevin Graca launched a booming shot that bounced over the Strikers keeper to make the score 4-3.
With two minutes remaining the Magic’s Jordan Sandler tied the game with a blast into the left side of the Strikers goal. As the final seconds ticked off the clock, Kieran Hendry, striking the ball with his left foot, angled a shot past the Lindenhurst goalie to clinch a victory and the incredible comeback for the Magic.
The 5-4 win propelled the Magic into the second round of the LiveSpot Long Island Cup.
March19-The GU12 Mineola Mini-Mustangs advanced to the second round of the LiveSpot Long Island Cup with an impressive 4-0 win at home against the Massapequa Cyclones. Mineola’s team defense, led by fullbacks Jillian Palma and Meghan Lafaye, set the tone early for the game, constantly turning back offensive surges by the Cyclones.
With about five minutes remaining on the scoreless first half, Katie Russelman’s perfect pass set up Shannon Durham for the first goal of the game. Minutes later, Mineola’s Allison Lamonica capped a long run with a blistering low shot that beat a diving Massapequa keeper to give the Mini’s a 2-0 lead at halftime.
Christen Patalano provided the critical third goal for Mineola, pouncing on a loose ball and driving it into the Cyclones goal. Lamonica completed the scoring for Mineola, controlling the ball in traffic and pushing a close in shot past the Cyclones goalie. Durham and Cara Kennedy shared the shutout, each playing a half in goal for Mineola.