Friday, 04 September 2009 00:00
The Mineola Mini-Mustangs have had a busy summer preparing for the upcoming Long Island Junior Soccer League Girls U11 season. The team recently completed a tough five-game stretch in addition to its twice-weekly practices in the summer heat, finishing with four victories against one defeat.
On August 23, Annie Cripps scored her first goal as a Mini-Mustang off a perfect crossing pass from Katie Russelman, leading her team to a 4-1 victory at Smithtown. Emma Feimer started the play with a long, accurate pass down the right sideline to Russelman.
Allison Lamonica also contributed two goals and Christen Patalano added one in the victory. Newcomers Gretchen Keller and Valerie Cobos provided great defense to help their team.
The day before, led by the superb goalkeeping of Cara Kennedy, Mineola topped South Huntington 2-1. Patalano’s late goal earned the win and Lamonica added an earlier goal off a perfect free kick. Jillian Palma and Michelle Viola’s consistently solid defense kept the opponents from scoring in the second half.
Earlier in the summer, the Mini-Mustangs topped New Hyde Park 5-3 in a game that saw Kennedy and rising star Meghan Lafaye score their first goals.
Patalano (two goals) and Lamonica also contributed to the victory. To begin the summer season, Mineola beat Plainview 4-2 at home with Brianna O’Brien scoring within minutes of entering the game. Olivia Delay played a solid midfield in her first game for the team and the relentless Casey Conners and Shannon Durham provided solid defense all game long. Patalano (2 goals) and Lamonica also scored for Mineola.
Despite the tireless efforts of rookie forward Alana Conroy, the Mini-Mustangs suffered their lone loss this summer at the hands of a tough Farmingdale team in a 2-1 game that saw Lamonica score a goal and later narrowly miss another, smashing a free kick off the left post. Kennedy was predictably brilliant in goal.
The LIJSL travel season begins for the Mini-Mustangs on Sept. 12 with a home game against Elmont. Good luck to the girls!