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Mineola Boys Varsity Soccer Hopes For Playoff Push

The boys varsity soccer team heads into the second half of their season with a pre-season goal of making the Nassau County playoffs for a ninth consecutive year still alive. The team has compiled a league record of 1-4-1 (2 -6-1 overall) which place the team in sixth-place in the conference.

The top four teams in the conference qualify for the post season. The Mustangs opened the season with a victory over Locust Valley (1 – 0) in the opening round of the 15th annual Mustang Cup tournament before losing to Lynbrook by a score of 2-0 in the final. Mineola opened its league season at home with a 2-0 victory over Seaford.

The Mustangs have been in every game since then but unfortunately the ball has not bounced their way, literally and figuratively. Three of the team’s four losses have been by a one goal margin.

The Mustangs will need to improve on those results to make a run at the last playoff spot. Individual highlights for the season thus far include outstanding goaltending by sophomore Andrew Pereira and defensive play by seniors Josh Lopes, Juan Galvez, Luis Pires, and Kevin Pereira.

On the offensive side of the ball, the team has been led by sophomore standout Daniel Pardo who has notched three goals in spite of usually being double marked. Other contributors on the young and inexperienced team include Justin Sandler, Chris Farrell, and Fernando Filizzola.

Coach Pereira is confident that the team will continue to improve on their first half results as they head into the second half of the season. A schedule of games is available on the Mineola School District website (High School Athletics page) and www.lisoccer.org.