Friday, 10 May 2013 00:00
This Mineola Cyclones took on the undefeated girls of Port Washington and managed to come out on top in a game that featured solid pitching from the Cyclone’s Mikayla Dalton and Meaghan McCaffrey on April 23. The Cyclones faced Albertson Herrick’s (Team 2) in their second weekend game.
Vicky VanGrembergen led the charge from the mound. Powerful hitting from Jenna Cox, Toni Ondris and Vicky Venus pushed the Cyclones to yet another victory. The Cyclone’s are in contention to lead the league with a 5-1 record as they reach their mid-season stride.
The BU9 Mineola Mighty’s Liam Going, off a nifty combination play from teammates Greg Kenney and Jack Flood, scored his second goal of the game to give Mineola a 3-2 win over Wantagh on April 27. Jack Flood scored Mineola’s other goal, off a terrific shot early in the first half.
Mineola goalkeepers Luke Sommese and Andrew Pizzardi played solidly in front of a defense led by Malcolm DeCollibus and Michael Duda. In their second weekend game, Mineola fell to Massapequa 3-0. Massapequa’s tough defense denied Mineola any solid chances all game. The Mighty were led by solid all-around games from Thomas Daly and Mattheus Silva.
The GU14 Mineola Mustangs held on to defeat the New Hyde Park Tigers 2-1 on April 27. Gretchen Keller started the scoring for Mineola, looping a ball into the corner of the NHP goal early in the first half. Minutes later, Emma Feimer’s shot from outside the box nicked off teammate Katie Russelman’s head through the goalkeeper’s hands for a 2-0 lead.
Mineola seemed poised to strike again moments later, as Brianna O’Brien’s deft move in the box led to an open shot in front of the NHP net. The Tigers’ keeper denied O’Brien a goal with a nice save. As the first half came to a close, the momentum started shifting to the Tigers.
Halfway through the second half, the Tigers were awarded a penalty kick and their talented striker squeezed her shot past a diving Natalia Cotto. The Tigers constantly attacked over the final 15 minutes of the game, but Cotto and Mineola’s terrific backline of Jillian Palma, Meghan Lafaye, Brianna Lopes, Annie Cripps and Valerie Cobos were up to the challenge, constantly clearing aside loose balls and rebounds to secure the victory.