Friday, 02 December 2011 00:00
Nov. 19-The GU13 Mineola Mini-Mustangs capped their stunning Fall 2011 season with a decisive 5-0 victory over the Wantagh-Seaford Crusaders. The victory gave the division champion Minis their first ever-perfect season. Mineola finished the season at 9-0, outscoring its opponents by an impressive 31-7 margin. In the season finale, Mineola’s superb back line earned 10 offsides calls as they consistently deployed traps against Wantagh’s forwards.
The traps were expertly orchestrated by center back Jillian Palma. Shannon Durham and Cara Kennedy shined as goalkeepers for Mineola, which earned its fifth shutout of the season. Kennedy brilliantly kept the shutout intact, saving a penalty kick (and ensuing rebound shot) awarded Wantagh following a tough foul by Mineola’s talented and physical right-back Valerie Cobos.
Mineola’s offensive skill and power were on display for much of the game. With outside backs Michelle Viola and Brianna Lopes consistently stealing the ball and turning it upfield, Mineola launched several fast breaks that put consistent pressure on Wantagh’s tough defense. Allison Lamonica’s three goals (16 for the season) once again paced the Minis. Her first goal came off a superb individual effort, giving Mineola the early lead. Gretchen Keller’s creative through ball into space set up Lamonica’s second goal, and the gifted striker closed the scoring off a perfect set piece cross from Meghan Lafaye. Lamonica’s artistic skills provided a perfectly crafted cross that Natalia Cotto headed into the Wantagh goal for her team’s third goal. It was the gritty Cotto’s third goal of the season and the first-ever “header” for her team. Seconds after Kennedy’s penalty kick heroics, Mineola rushed up the field where Christen Patalano and Katie Russelman each beat Wantagh’s defenders to a loose rebound before Patalano safely tucked it home for her fourth goal of the season.
Consistent with the Minis efforts all season, the game was controlled and paced by Mineola’s skillful and poised midfielders. Despite playing without two of its stars (Brianna O’Brien and Natalia Terezakis), the Mini’s Annie Cripps, Alana Conroy, Antonia Ciuffo and Patalano consistently controlled the pace of the game, distributing the ball beautifully on breaks that set forwards Emma Feimer and Cotto free for perfect crosses to the middle.
Nov.15-The BU7 Mineola Mavericks hosted the Auburndale Rhinos for their final JSS league game at Wilson Park. Auburndale won the contest by a score of 2-1. The Mavericks played a hard fought game and were led by superb goalkeeping from Malcolm Decollibus, Nick Kostulias and Jack Sargeant. Mac Kelly scored to get the Mavericks within one, but time ran out before the Mavericks could tie the score. The Mavericks had a fantastic and fun season and look forward to competing again in the spring.