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Malverne Boys Look for First Wins; Lady Mules 1-1

A look at some of Malverne High School's fall sports teams.

The high school falls sports season is officially underway. Here's a look at how Malverne's Mules have been handling the competition so far and their goals for the rest of their 2012 schedules.

  • Varsity Football

2012 Record (so far): 0-2

2011 Record: 3-5

Coach Kito Lockwood has high hopes for his team this season with the return of some key players. Junior quarterback Jamal Aaron Hill will be anchoring the offense. He will look to pass to his star receiver, Tyrae Kelley who is back for his senior year. Senior running back Antonio Soares will look to gain yards on the ground for the Mules.

"We're looking to rebound from a 3-5 season last year," said coach Lockwood. "We will have a balanced offensive attack with some good wide receivers and a solid running game. We don't have much depth but we have some young talented guys who will step up on the defensive side of the ball."

After starting the 2012 season off with back-to-back losses to Locust Valley (30-0) and Island Trees (28-14), the Mules will look for their first win on Saturday when they play Clark in a 1:30 p.m. away game.

  • Boys Varsity Soccer (Malverne-East Rockaway)

2012 Record (so far): 0-2

2011 Record: 0-14

After going 0-14 last year the Malverne/East Rockaway team will look to get off to a strong start this season. Coach Christian Soto believes his team will be competitive in a tough conference A-3. "We have a great group of guys coming together from both school districts," said Soto. "Our guys are determined to work hard and play hard and we believe we can be competitive against every opponent we play."

The team brings back four-year-starter Tobi Ojuade, who plays at the midfield/center position. Senior Zach Borodin is back in goal and newcomerCristian Villalobos, who played on the u-14 National Team, will help out in the midfield position.

They were close games, but the boys lost their season opener Wednesday to Floral Park, 3-2, and were defeated, 2-1, by Valley Stream South on Friday. They will look for that first "W" on Thursday when they take on Lawrence at 4:30 p.m. on their home field.

  • Girls Varsity Soccer

2012 Record (so far): 1-1

2011 Record: 6-6

Malverne-East Rockaway's varsity girls soccer team defeated Great Neck North, 3-0, on Sept. 11 but fell to Mineola, 4-0, two days later. Taylor McGinn scored two goals for Malverne-ER in the season opener, Karina Alvardo netted one, and Erica Acampora had two assists. The girls will look for their second win on Thursday when they play Westbury 4:30 p.m. at home. The Lady Mules prevailed both times they faced Westbury last season, keeping the team scoreless and netting a combined 17 goals between the two matches.

  • Girls Varsity Volleyball

2012 Record (so far): 1-1

2011 Record: 12-4

The team that made it all the way to the Class C finals last year, kicked off their season last week with two games. They put up a solid effort in their season-opener, keeping the games close, but Valley Stream North prevailed, 3-2. However, the Lady Mules nabbed their first victory, 3-1, of the season against Wheatley on Thursday and will try to build upon that when they play Locust Valley tonight at 4:30 p.m. and then Cold Spring Harbor (away) Friday at 4:45 p.m. 

To view all the schedules for Malverne's fall sports teams, go to:http://section8.nasboces.org/sportspakonline/mainindex.asp

Which teams will you be cheering for this fall? Show off your pride in the comments section below and upload your game photos.

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