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MAA Travel Soccer News: October 31, 2013

Honey Badgers Remain Undefeated

Two undefeated teams met when the GU11 Mineola Honey Badgers and the Baldwin Tigers battled in a game for first place on Oct. 19. Early on it looked as if the Tigers would prevail. Baldiwn kept Mineola on their heels for the first ten minutes of the game. Had it not been for the strong defensive play of Julianna Anteri, Sheila O’Mara, Julia Nygaard, and Victoria LoPiccolo Mineola may have fallen behind by a few goals. Julia Nygaard’s tremendous slide-tackle to prevent a Baldwin goal was the key play that kept Mineola in the game,before Trista Bugalla scored to give Mineola 1-0 lead at halftime.

The Honey Badgers applied constant pressure on Baldwin to start the second half. Mineola nearly scored several times off shots from Sarah Faley, Amber Nikolic, Gabbie Flynn and Charlotte Williams. Eventually, the Honey Badgers found the back of the net, with Maggie Caroddo and Brianna Werny adding goals to put their team up 3-0.  Baldwin, however, fought back with two goals of their own to cut the deficit to one before Bugalla’s second tally of the game iced the win for the Honey Badgers, leaving them alone in first place with four games remaining.

FC Mineola Win Again

The BU10 FC Mineola squad used a brilliant possession game to defeat Wantagh-Seaford 4-1 and improve its record to 3-0-2 on the season on Oct. 19.  Jack Flood opened the scoring for Mineola, tapping home a Liam Going cross following a short corner kick feed from Greg Kenney. Minutes later, Liam Russelman raced down the left side, deftly moving around and through the Wantagh defense before slamming home a low shot for a 2-0 Mineola lead. Going soon added to the scoring, controlling a ball in tight space inside the Wantagh penalty area before drilling a left-footed shot that the Wantagh keeper could not corral. Going’s second goal of the game wrapped up the scoring for Mineola. Greg Kenney’s trademark right sideline run and cross from the corner found Going all alone in front of the Wantagh goal. Luke Sommese starred on defense for Mineola, directing much of its possession play with accurate passes from his center-back position.

Offensive Surge Propels Mineola

The GU15 Mineola Mini-Mustangs controlled much of the game against Wantagh-Seaford, maintaining possession throughout the game and finding the back of the net often in their 5-1 victory on Oct. 20. Katie Russelman’s second goal of the season put her team ahead three minutes into the game. The Mineola striker took an inside pass from Brianna O’Brien and drilled home a goal from 10 yards out for the early lead. Minutes later, Allison Lamonica’s fifth tally of the season doubled the Mineola lead. Lamonica’s perfectly struck 25-yard free kick cleared the defensive wall before hitting the upper left corner on the Wantagh goal. Later in the half, Shannon Durham launched a swirling corner kick that curved over the Wantagh keeper’s outstretched hands and directly into the far corner of the net for Durham’s second goal of the season.

Lamonica added two assists to close out the scoring for Mineola. Emma Feimer hammered home a pass from Lamonica from ten yards out for her first score of the Fall campaign. Lamonica then finished off a long run down the right side with a hard cross that eluded O’Brien but landed perfectly at the feet of Russelman, who one-timed a hard shot for her second goal of the game.

Gretchen Keller’s strong play in her center-mid position helped Mineola control the flow of the game in front of their increasingly stingy defense, led by Michelle Viola, Annie Cripps, Meghan Lafaye, Christen Patalano, Natalia Cotto, Brianna Lopes and Jillian Palma. Mineola improved to 3-1-1 on the season.