Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
The BU10 FC Mineola squad finished off their first season in the Long Island Junior Soccer League with a well-played 1-1 draw with Massapequa on Nov. 16. Liam Russelman’s early goal provided Mineola with their goal. Peter Murphy launched a beautiful run down the right side of the field, deftly stepping around two defenders before crossing a low pass in front of the goal. Russelman easily tapped home the pass for his goal. Andrew Pizzardi’s goalkeeping, stellar all season, kept Mineola in the game behind solid defending by Dom Ferreira, Chris Feathers, and Luke Sommese. Mineola finished the season at 3-2-4.
Christen Patalano’s three goals paced the GU15 Mineola Mini-Mustangs as they won their seventh straight game 5-2 over Jericho on Nov. 17. Mineola opened the scoring early in the first half off a beautiful full-field play. Mineola goalkeeper Cara Kennedy launched a long punt that bounced before Allison Lamonica headed the ball behind the Jericho defensive line to the sprinting Patalano who broke in on goal.
As the goalkeeper charged out to challenge Patalano, the Mineola center-mid slid a beautiful selfless pass to her left that Shannon Durham easily tapped into the empty goal. Patalano then scored her first goal, this time finishing a second breakaway herself.
Following a Jericho penalty kick goal, Patalano netted her third goal before Durham chipped a pass beautifully over the Jericho defense to the toe of Lamonica, who raced in on goal alone to give Mineola a 4-1 lead at halftime. Soon after the restart, Patalano took a throw in from Lamonica and one timed a volley over the Jericho goalkeeper for her third goal of the match and fifth score in the past two games. Mineola finished the fall season in second place with a 7-1-1 record.