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MAA Travel Soccer News: November 21, 2013

Mineola Red Bulls Inch Closer To Title 

The GU14 Mineola Red Bulls solidified their spot atop the standings with a solid all-around effort in their 3-0 win over Plainedge on Nov. 10.  Joanna Graca’s goals paced the offensive effort for Mineola, which improved to 6-1-1 on the season.

Massapequa Stops Tornado

November 9, 2013  Despite numerous scoring opportunities the GU12 Mineola Tornado could not find a way past a talented Massapequa goalkeeper, falling 2-0 in a well-played game on Nov. 9.  Amanda Ustick and Rebecca Sparacio’s footwork and creative passing from the midfield created frequent opportunities for teammates Elora Folkson, Kristin Tarab and Emma Brown but time after time the skillful Mineola forwards were frustrated by the Massapequa net-minder.  Kaitlyn Ariza’s solid defending helped keep Mineola in the game as she constantly thwarted attacks on the Mineola goal.

Patalano Goals Lead Mineola

 

Christen Patalano’s two quick strikes erased a 1-0 deficit and ignited the GU15 Mineola Mini-Mustangs offense en route to a 6-2 victory over visiting Massapequa on Nov. 10.  Patalano’s first score came off an assist from Allison Lamonica.  Patalano trapped and turned perfectly on the ball before striking into the corner of the net.  Minutes later, seven consecutive passes, including two headers from Lamonica and Katie Russelman, sent Patalano in on goal alone for her second goal.

 

Natalia Cotto buried a shot off a corner kick from Shannon Durham for Mineola’s third goal, and Durham added another from in close before Lamonica finished the half with a run through the middle of the field before sliding the ball into the Massapequa goal. Antonia Ciuffo’s first career goal highlighted the second half.

 

The hard-working Mineola midfielder trapped a long cross from Lamonica in the penalty area, fought off two defenders and deftly pushed the ball past a diving Massapequa keeper.