Friday, 05 April 2013 00:00
The BU9 Mineola Mighty opened the Spring 2013 soccer season with two victories, topping Syosset 4-0 and then rallying for a thrilling 6-5 win over Samba Academy on March 24. In the opener, James Teadore and Christopher Feathers combined in goal for the shutout as Mineola’s defense, led by Brian Heckelman and Peter Murphy, consistently turned aside the Syosset attack. Liam Russelman’s three goals, including one off a clever chip over the Syosset keeper, led the offense, with teammate Liam Going scoring the other Mineola goal.
The two Liam’s combined for five more goals in the Mighty’s thriller against Samba. Samba jumped out to an early 2-0 lead halfway through the opening half, before Going’s perfectly struck free kick found the back of the Samba net from a tough angle.
Moments later, Going’s corner kick was trapped and driven into the net by Russelman. Going added another first half goal and Russelman earned his second hat trick with two quick goals off of rebounds from in close. An own-goal off a Samba defender helped provide Mineola with a commanding 6-2 halftime lead. That own-goal proved to be the difference as a tiring Mineola side struggled to hold off Samba as time counted down. A perfectly timed diving save by Mineola keeper Andrew Pizzardi with minutes remaining secured the victory for the Mighty
Mineola Falls To Bethpage
Despite holding possession for much of the game, the GU14 Mineola Mustangs fell three goals behind Bethpage and then struggled to break down Bethpage’s defensive efforts in the second half on March 23, losing 3-1. Mustang Brianna O’Brien’s first goal of the season following a perfectly placed free kick by Gretchen Keller put Mineola on the board minutes into the second half.
Continuing to pressure the Bethpage defense, Mineola’s Natalia Cotto, Alana Conroy, O’Brien, Keller, Christen Patalano and Allison Lamonica each had scoring chances that either sailed wide or high of the Bethpage goal, or were corralled by the talented Bethpage goalkeeper.