Written by Mineola American Staff Thursday, 26 September 2013 00:00
The expectations for Mineola High School’s 2013 boys varsity soccer season will be more measured than in recent years, with a fresh crop of young talent. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.
The Mustangs expect to be competitive in the very near future with junior Daniel Pardo returning (14 goals in 2 seasons) and a solid defense led by junior goalkeeper Andrew Pereira and anchored by senior sweeper Chris Farrell.
The team has garnered a respectable 1-1-2 overall record as of press time. The Mustangs opened the season with the 15th annual Mustang Cup tournament. In the first round game, Mineola earned a 0-0 with Locust Valley. The Falcons advanced to the final on virtue of the penalty kick shootout.
The following day, the Mustangs came back from a 1-0 deficit with three goals in the second half to secure its first win of the young season against Oyster Bay. The non-league season wrapped up with a hard earned 1-1 against a very strong visiting New Hyde Park team.
Goalkeeper Pereira assured that the Mustangs earned season points against a tough non-conference opponent.
The league season got under way on Monday Sept. 16, with Mineola visiting nearby Wheatley. The East Williston school is a pre-season favorite for the conference championship.
The Wildcats dominated much of the game. Again, Pereira and the defensive tandem of Farrell and Doug Hale kept the Mustangs in the game.
Wheatley was able to break through late in the first half for the lone goal of the match. Mineola did have some chances late in the game, but fell short
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