Thursday, 03 July 2014 00:00
MAA Travel Soccer teams competing in both the Long Island Junior Soccer League and the New York Club Soccer League (NYCSL) ended their spring campaigns. MAA teams celebrated four league titles. The GU15 Mini-Mustangs used a dramatic last-minute goal to overtake North Babylon for first place; the BU11 Mineola United earned a crucial 3 points in their league final to finish as co-champions; the BU10 Mineola FC capped their terrific season, beating Freeport to finish undefeated at the top of their division; and the BU9 Mavericks finished atop their group in the NYCSL.
The BU11 Mineola United squad capped a stellar Spring campaign with a 9-3 victory over the Garden City Heat on June 14 to secure a tie for first place in Division N-4 with an 8-1-1 record. The United boys, eager to right the ship after the lone loss of the season (a 3-2 loss to Franklin Square) came out full bore to start the game.
Mineola was up 5-1 at halftime. After Mineola scored again, the Heat squad answered back with two long-range goals to put the game within reach at 6-3. Mineola added three more to put the game away. Jack Keyes had his first hat trick, while Sammy Anjo had a pair of goals and Marco Cangemi scored a header off an Anjo corner pass. Ruben Teixeira demonstrated his formidable technical skill throughout the match and also joined the scoring barrage with a clinical finish. Manav Bansal scored with a strike from his left back position and the strong left foot of Eric Pavlou added one more.
Nicky Guglielmo was his usual productive self at both holding and attacking mid positions. The defense was solid and started many build-ups throughout the day led by William Winski, Michael Vittuci and Bansal. David Cabrera played great as the United keeper. Mineola’s Michael Lopes demonstrated his versatility at left midfield and James Medved brought his typical high energy game and was a valuable contributor to his team’s success.
The BU10 Mineola FC squad capped their terrific season with a tough 2-1 victory over Freeport Milan on June 14. Mineola finished the season at 8-0-1 and alone atop their division, for their first title. Liam Going gave his Mineola team the lead with a free kick drive from 25 yards. After the Freeport team found the equalizer, Mineola began to press hard for the win. After a long-range shot from Luke Sommese was saved by the Freeport keeper, Mattheus Silva jumped on the rebound and scored from a close angle to provide his team with the lead.
The BU16 Mineola Lightning team finished their season with a victory at their long-time rivals, the Oceanside Bulls on June 15, 5-2. The Lightning struck first with a header by Kevin Vecchione set up by Joe Cucinella’s cross. Vecchione’s perfectly placed low shot in the corner on a penalty kick of the net provided no chance for the Bulls goalie.
Vecchione’s corner kick five minutes later found the head of teammate Julian Riezgo for a 3-0 Mineola lead. Fullback Eric Pereira came within inches of breaking his scoreless streak when the Bulls goalie made a diving one-handed save to turn away his blistering shot off of a rebound. Oceanside responded with a goal on a rebound that made the score 3-1 at half time.
In the second half, a Cucinella cross led to Vecchione’s third goal of the game. Oceanside responded with a goal that made the score 4-2.
Mineola held off the Bulls attack and sealed the victory with Riezgo’s second header of the match with six minutes to go on a free kick from Cucinella.
He assisted on four scores. Midfielders Bobby Schoen, Andi Tuti, Tony Macchietto and Ronal Laurice all had strong games helping Mineola control play for most of the match. The Lightning finished the spring season with a record of 5-4 in league play and 2-1 in the Long Island Cup Tournament. The team scored 28 goals this season.
Alana Conroy’s goal with 30 seconds remaining propelled the GU15 Mineola Mini-Mustangs to division champions, capping a terrific 3-2 victory over North Babylon on June 15. The Mini-Mustangs entered their contest against the North Babylon Blast trailing their rival by two points for the division title.
With the game knotted at two, Annie Cripps slid a short pass to Allison Lamonica near the left corner. Lamonica lofted a cross that fell behind the Blast goalkeeper along the six-yard line. Conroy carefully trapped the ball before walking the ball into the back of the North Babylon net for the dramatic winner.
The second half began with Mineola trailing 2-1. Brianna O’Brien’s chip sent Christen Patalano in on goal at the 10-minute mark. Patalano’s smash into the corner of the goal drew Mineola even and the momentum from that goal carried them for the rest of the game. Katie Russelman nearly gave Mineola the lead off a terrific individual effort that led to a breakaway. The resulting shot was saved by the Blast’s keeper.
The GU15 Mineola Mini-Mustangs, having already clinched first place, used a potent first-half offensive surge to defeat the Stony Brook Power 5-0 on June 21. Allison Lamonica connected three times for Mineola, including once off a cross from right-back Valerie Cobos and another off a goal mouth cross from Brianna O’Brien. Michelle Viola also contributed an assist from her left-back position, feeding O’Brien for one of her two tallies. Goalkeeper Fran Chavez made a sensational diving save to preserve the shutout. Mineola finished their league season at 7-1-1 (12-3-1 in all competitions).
Toni Ondris’ first half score from in close proved to be all that the GU13 Mineola Renaissance would need in their victory over Port Washington on June 22. Mineola earned their second win thanks in part to the solid efforts of their defensive corps – outside backs Hannah O’Neil and Megan Russelman; and center backs Jenna Cox and Erin Buckley. Stephanie Pereira also had a key defensive play for Mineola, as she skillfully headed away from danger what would have been a goal late in the game. Kaitlyn Wetzel helped Mineola find the all-important second goal, crossing the ball beautifully after a long run and finding Melissa Pereira at the far post for a one-timer that sealed the victory.
— From the MAA