Thursday, 12 June 2014 00:00
The BU10 Mineola FC squad used a balanced offensive effort to top North Shore 4-2 at Wilson Park on May 31. Mineola’s offense constantly spread North Shore’s defenders apart during the game, with long diagonal passes to the corners. Mineola’s first score came off a Greg Kenney shot which ricocheted off a North Shore defender and into the goal.
Minutes later, Kenney’s cross found Liam Russelman in front of the North Shore net, where the skillful midfielder volleyed the ball expertly past the keeper. Liam Going provided Mineola’s third goal, driving a hard shot from the top of the penalty area past the diving keeper. Mineola’s balanced offense featured a fourth goal scorer, as Chris Feathers perfectly spun and one-timed a terrific missile of a shot across the goalkeeper and into the far corner of the net.
Brent Muessig’s sold mid-fielding and passing set up numerous opportunities for his team, and Peter Murphy and Luke Sommese played well on defense. Andrew Pizzardi’s goalkeeping was predictably superb, with North Shore’s two goals coming off brilliant individual efforts and shots. Mineola FC held its first place spot with the win, improving to 6-0-1 on the season.
The GU15 Mineola Mini-Mustangs used a crisp and consistent offensive surge to drive past the Northport Voltage 6-1 at Wilson Park on June 1. Strikers Allison Lamonica and Katie Russelman contributed two goals and an assist each, with center-mid and offensive catalyst Brianna O’Brien also contributing two scores, including a perfectly placed header from a Shannon Durham corner kick.
Fran Chavez starred in goal for Mineola, constantly bolting from her goal box to corral any loose Northport passes and through-balls. Gretchen Keller and Valerie Cobos’ solid defending all game helped keep Mineola transitioning quickly to the attack.
Midfielders Sam Lima and Natalia Cotto’s terrific efforts led to many scoring opportunities. Mineola improved to 5-0-1 on the season and remained in first place in their division.