Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:00
Oct. 6-Two goals apiece from Joanna Graca and Katie Assalone paced the hard-working GU14 Mineola Red Bulls, as they held off South Merrick for a thrilling 4-3 victory. Eve Sommese, Ava Collica and Assalone provided strong play on defense while Christina Hefele and Sara Tuti’s terrific midfield play provided support for forwards Maggie Basel and Michela Franz. Sofia Cataliotti one again provided the heroics in goal for Mineola, turning aside many South Merrick shots.
Oct. 6-Striker Allison Lamonica’s complete arsenal of skills was on display for her GU15 Mineola Mini-Mustangs team against a disciplined and talented West Hempstead Panthers squad, beating the Panthers 3-1.
At the mid-point of a scoreless first half, Lamonica raced to keep a long Natalia Cotto punt in bounds, tapping it past the on-rushing Panthers fullback and towards the West Hempstead goal. As Lamonica neared the goal, she deftly kept her balance and sidestepped another defender before driving a missile of a shot with her left foot into the back of the Panthers net.
The second half featured strong defensive efforts from Mineola’s Jillian Palma, Brianna Lopes and Antonia Ciuffo. The constant pressure soon led to the tying goal as the Panthers seized momentum and seemed poised to strike again. Hard work from Mineola’s Annie Cripps and Brianna O’Brien eventually led to a foul ten yards inside the midfield line. Mineola’s Meghan Lafaye, on the resulting free kick, launched a perfect drive towards the Panthers right post where midfielder Samantha Lima tapped home her first career goal for the eventual game-winner. Minutes later, Lamonica struck again poking it past two Panthers defenders and sprinting to the goal. Nearing the end of her 50-yard sprint, she danced around the charging goalkeeper and slid the ball with her left foot into the goal for Mineola’s final tally.
Oct. 5-The GU12 Mineola Tornado gave a terrific effort in an extremely entertaining match against the Uniondale Gacelas before falling 2-0. Mineola’s midfield play was excellent all game with between Amanda Ustick, Rebecca Sparacio, Kaitlyn Ariza, Nicole Smith and Sinead Rodriguez inspiring their teammates. Mineola’s Sasha Guriel made multiple attempts to score but faced double-and triple-teaming from Uniondale.
Oct. 5-The BU10 Mineola FC (2-0-2) team continued to impress with a solid 3-1 victory at home against the Plainedge Dragons. Constant pressure from Liam Going, Jack Flood and Dom Ferreira kept the ball in the Dragons end and soon
Mineola found the goal. Luke Sommese drove a crossing ball that deflected off a Plainedge defender and rolled towards the top of the penalty area. Mineola’s Liam Russelman pounced on the loose ball and expertly drove a low, hard shot past the keeper.
Chris Feathers, Mineola’s strong, hard-working defender, moved up to play midfield in the second half and raced towards goal to drive a score to the back of the net for his first career goal. The Dragons responded with pressure of their own and soon cut the lead in half. With the Dragons pressing for the tying goal, Mineola’s Greg Kenney launched a skillful long run down the right sideline and drove a shot past the Plainedge keeper and off the post. The deflection caromed towards Phil Machietto, who one-timed a shot from 15 yards out and into the goal.
Oct. 6-The BU13 Mineola Revolution faced a must-win with perennial nemesis the Little Neck Vikings, who entered the match alone in second place. Mineola enjoyed solid mid-fielding from Jason Lima, Harrison Pavlou and Philip Pereira and gave goalkeeper Christian Cucinella a cushion to make a few solid saves to hold off the Vikings. The Revolution victory moved them into third place with five games remaining.
Oct. 6-The BU13 Mineola Empire FC more than doubled their season tally for goals scored as they drove seven shots into the back of the net against the Oceanside Arrows. The 7-0 victory pushed the 3-0-1 Mineola squad to the top of the table. Federico Lippmann’s save on an Arrows penalty kick preserved his second straight shutout.
Oct. 6-The BU8 Monarchs Red squad played a great game against Port Washington to earn a 2-2 tie. Mineola was within reach of a well-deserved win before Port Washington tied the game with seconds to play. Mineola was led by Peter Vitucci, who played goal in the first half and scored one of Mineola’s goals as a forward in the second half. Christian Murphy played well as his team improved to 2-1-1 on the season.
The second Monarchs team enjoyed their first win of the season in a hard fought 1-0 battle against Albertson. Goalies Connor Quinn and William Grotheer earned the shutout behind a defensive squad led by Joe Dolezal and Dylan Boutin. On offense, Daniel Tuffano took a beautiful feed from Daniel Gillette and capitalized on a strong shot to seal the win.
Oct. 5-The GU8 Mineola Maniacs played several matches over the weekend, including a thrilling game against NY Hota of Franklin Square. The young 7 year olds came out strong from the kickoff. Caitlin Leary got the team off to an early lead scoring the first of her three goals. As the game moved forward the young Mineola squad saw a number of good flurries from Keira McCaffrey.
Oct. 5-The GU11 Mineola Honey Badgers and Manhasset Thunder competed in a thrilling 0-0 tie that featured numerous opportunities for Mineola to score. The Honey Badger defense was led by Maggie Caroddo, Kayla Gray, Victoria LoPiccolo, Julia Nygaard, and Julianna Anteri. They limited the Thunder to only a few scoring chances and once again the goalie tandem of Jolie Ilchert and Faith Nikolic were solid.