Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
The Mineola Athletic Association’s soccer program will be holding its annual tryouts for their travel soccer teams in early June. Boys and girls in the U10, U11, and U12 age groups are invited to tryouts on Monday, June 3 and Thursday, June 6.
All interested athletes are encouraged to attend both try-out sessions, which will be held at Wilson Park on Field 3 (behind the pool and at the end of Liberty Avenue). For more information on practice times, age qualification, commitment, etc. please visit the MAA Web site at www.mineolaaa.org
Allison Lamonica’s skillful finish off a loose ball in extra time earned the GU14 Mineola Mustangs a thrilling 1-1 draw against a defensively sound South Huntington Strikers team on May 4. The game-tying play began with a relentless run by Natalia Cotto that forced the ball loose from the talented Strikers goalkeeper.
he ball floated to the perfectly positioned Lamonica, who volleyed the ball skillfully into the back of the net. The score capped a thrilling game, with both teams playing very well.
Valerie Cobos’s incredible defensive effort helped keep the game in reach for Mineola. Shannon Durham and Cotto played solidly in goal; and Meghan Lafaye and Christen Patalano expertly protected the middle of the field for the Mustangs, whose mid-fielding efforts were led by outstanding efforts from center-midfielder Emma Feimer and Michelle Viola.
The BU9 Mineola Mighty found their stride in the second half to rally past Carle Place 6-2 on May 5. Andrew Pizzardi’s three goals paced the offense.
Pizzardi showcased a variety of skills, drilling home a 35-yard missile to tie the game at one apiece; driving through the middle to score from close range; and earning his hat trick off a volley on a nifty cross from Liam Russelman. Brian Heckelman contributed another goal for Mineola.
Russelman and Chris Marotta also scored for the Mighty. In their earlier game on the same day, Greg Kenney’s outstanding effort on offense led the Mighty to a hard-fought 3-3 tie with Queens FC. Mineola trailed 3-1 at halftime with an early strike from Marotta their only score.