Friday, 20 November 2009 00:00
On Halloween, the Boys U10 Mineola Revolution bounced back after a gut wrenching loss to Hempstead the prior week by winning a hard fought battle with New Hyde Park, 1-0. Mineola’s defense was solid all game long, thanks to the efforts of Christian Cucinella, Kevin Roach and Philip Periera. While the Revolution’s solid defensive efforts kept New Hyde Park off the scoreboard, Johnny McMahon provided the game winning score off a perfect feed from Christopher Shannon.
Earlier on Halloween, the Girls U11 Mineola Mini-Mustangs played to a tough 0-0 tie against a solid Oyster Bay squad. The first half saw Mineola narrowly miss converting scoring chances by Casey Conners and Katie Russelman. Christen Patalano nearly broke the deadlock in the second half, screaming a shot wide to the left of the Oyster Bay goal. Meghan Lafaye’s expert corner kicks made life scary for Oyster Bay’s defense all game long, but Mineola couldn’t push one past the opponent’s solid goalkeeper. Shannon Durham dominated on defense for the Mini’s. Gretchen Keller and Jillian Palma also provided great defense in front of goalkeeper Cara Kennedy, who earned her third shutout of the fall season.
The Girls U11 Mineola Mini-Mustangs went into their November 7 showdown against first place Franklin Square without top players Brianna O’Brien and Meghan Lafaye. Three other girls played through illnesses as the Mini’s fell 4-1. The first half saw Mineola nearly take the lead on a tremendous pass up the middle by Michelle Viola that sprang Allison Lamonica on a breakaway that Franklin Square’s goalie turned away with a great save. Minutes later, Alana Conroy’s efforts in front of the goal nearly paid off as she hammered a shot right at the opponent’s keeper. Trailing 3-0 early in the second half, the tide began to turn. Playing in her team’s 47th game, Allison Lamonica scored her 50th career goal to get Mineola on the board. Minutes later, thanks to the resilient efforts of Annie Cripps, Mineola’s relentless Shannon Durham nearly made it 3-2, as the Franklin Square goalie made another great save. With Olivia Delay providing great defense and consistently turning the ball up-field, the Mini-Mustangs continued to press on the offensive side. Emma Feimer’s efforts led the way for Mineola, as she inspired her teammates with her aggressive play along the right sideline and potent crosses to the middle of the field. Mineola fell to 3-3-1 after the loss, with two games remaining in their fall season.
On November 8, the Boys U16 Mineola Freedom topped Lindenhurst by a 3-1 score. Mineola’s goals were provided by Pat Keeler, Jack Sommese and Vanya Ferro. The solid team effort was led by Mineola’s talented midfielders, in particular Mike Whelan and Kevin Ferreirra. In the Freedom’s defensive end, Marko Lisonek controlled the play and helped keep Lindenhurst’s offensive opportunities to a minimum.