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MAA Travel Soccer News

Garden City Golden Goal Stuns Mineola-May 2

By Jillian Palma

The Girls U11 Mineola Mini-Mustangs suffered a heartbreaking defeat to the Garden City Shooting Stars in the Waldbaum’s Cup Challenge in the second overtime period. With two minutes remaining before a decisive shootout, Garden City scored the winning goal on a perfect shot past the outstretched arms of Mini-Mustangs goalkeeper Cara Kennedy. Kennedy had given her team a chance to win all game long, with many terrific saves.

Mineola played a great game and had taken a 1-0 lead on an amazing goal by Allison Lamonica in the first half.  Lamonica pounced on a rebound off a corner kick from Meghan Lafaye.  The score wouldn’t change for forty minutes before Garden City scored late in the second half to tie it and force the overtime.

It was a great game for both teams, as there were many scoring chances on both sides of the field. Mineola’s Shannon Durham played through a tough knee injury, Lamonica suffered a severe nose injury but came back on the field to lead her team and Annie Cripps bravely blocked a hard kick but carried on.

Casey Conners, Michelle Viola and Olivia Delay all played with toughness and resilience. The Mini’s fell in the semi-final round for the second year in a row.  Congratulations to both teams and good luck to Garden City in the final.


Mineola Freedom Top Jericho 1-0-May 2

 With Ryan Freehill providing the clinching score with five minutes remaining, the Mineola Freedom U16 boy’s soccer travel team defeated the Jericho Titans 1-0.  Pat Keller assisted on the winning goal.

Mineola’s defense was tremendous and led by Mike Whelan, Dave Vespe, Marko Lisonek, Anthony Martins and Dom Mazza.  Kevin Mulder was super at goal for the Freedom to earn the shutout.


Mini-Mustangs Fall to Bearcats-May 1

By Meghan LaFaye

The Girls U11 Mineola Mini-Mustangs lost 4-2 against the Plainview-Old Bethpage Bearcats under a hot, sunny sky. Mineola played aggressive the entire game and led the Bearcats 2-1 on goals by Allison Lamonica and Emma Feimer. Lamonica’s goal came off a perfect lead pass from Shannon Durham.  Feimer’s terrific goal was assisted by Gretchen Keller off a beautiful pass across the middle of the Bearcats box.  The play began upfield when Mineola’s Alana Conroy relentlessly fought for a loose ball and moved it up the field. Plainview’s tight defense kept the Mini’s from scoring again, although Mineola had many other chances, including near misses by Christen Patalano. Cara Kennedy’s effort in goal was outstanding, but Planview’s relentless offense clicked late in the second half with three straight goals to win the game.  Midfielder Katie Russelman, defenders Jillian Palma and Valerie Cobos all had strong games for the Mini’s, putting forward a great effort against a tough opponent in the burning May heat.