Thursday, 22 May 2014 00:00
The BU10 Mineola FC team played to a frustrating scoreless draw with the West Hempstead Titans at Soccer Park in Plainview on April 26. Mineola had numerous chances to score but the talented goalkeeper for the Titans made several diving and sprawling saves, including a terrific reaction save against Mineola’s Liam Going from five yards away to send a hard shot over the bar.
Mineola continued to press and eventually found the winner, or so they thought.
Going’s tough shot from the right side was saved yet again by the West Hempstead goalie, but the rebound fell to the path of the onrushing Liam Russelman, who calmly drove the ball into the net. As Mineola celebrated, the referee signaled that Russelman had been in an offside position, therefor negating the apparent winning goal.
Chris Feathers, Luke Sommese and Peter Murphy starred on the field for Mineola, limiting the Titans attack. Mineola improved to 2-0-1 on the season.
The BU16 Mineola Lightning suffered their first loss of the season to Bay Shore Juventus, 2-0 at Wilson Park on April 26. Playing through rain showers, the Lightning found themselves in trouble when Bay Shore stole a pass and found the back of the Mineola net before the five minute mark. Mineola had several fine corner kicks by midfielder Alec Leitman but were unable to find the equalizer. Joe Martins made several difficult saves to keep Mineola in the match but a successful corner kick halfway through the second half sealed the victory. Mineola stands at 1-1 in league play.
The GU15 Mineola Mini-Mustangs improved to 7-0 in their 3-0 win over the talented South Huntington Strikes on April 27. Mineola headed into halftime with a 1-0 lead thanks to Brianna O’Brien’s scramble in front of the Strikers goal. The goal came after the third consecutive corner kick from Allison Lamonica. She chipped off a free kick, which landed for teammate Christen Patalano, who tapped home the goal from in close.
O’Brien drove across the top of the Strikers penalty area, spinning away from her defender, and driving a one-time shot over the leaping goalkeeper for her team’s third goal. Natalia Cotton and Gretchen Keller held the shutout in goal with a line of Jillian Palma, Brianna Lopes, Meghan Lafaye, Michelle Viola, Valerie Cobos and Annie Cripps.