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Fri, May 24

Marauders pitch third shutout

Staff photo by Eric Lusk

ETHAN Johnson booted one of the Marauder's five goals Monday.

The Marauders surrendered just three shots on goal while moving its record to 5-2-1 on the season. The game was played at Scottsdale Community College, one of coach Duane Badger’s old haunts when his oldest son played for the Artichokes.

Mingus had 29 shots on goal.

“The score did not reflect the play of the game,” Badger said. “We dominated the game from start to finish, playing most of the game in our attacking third.

“We are still experiencing some difficulty in shooting accuracy. We did spend some time Friday, virtually our only practice in two weeks, working on shooting. I’m sure it will continue to improve.”

Ray Rivera and Ethan Johnson scored goals in the opening half to give Mingus a 2-0 lead. Scott Wilcox got the assist on Rivera’s goal, giving his senior teammate a “beautiful cross” to punch home. Cody Rongo assisted Johnson’s score.

Rivera returned the favor to Wilcox early in the second half, and Wilcox put the nice cross into the back of the net for a 3-0 advantage. “It was nice to see them helping each other out,” Badger said.

As it became apparent Notre Dame wasn’t a threat to score, Badger started changing his lineup.

“I could see that we were completely controlling the game so I pulled Brady Flummer out of the net and put him in up front so he could get an opportunity to shoot the ball instead of stopping the ball all of the time,” Badger said.

“Brady did shoot. He scored two goals for us, one with 16 minutes remaining and one on a cross from James Lawton with six minutes remaining.” It was Flummer’s first goals on the season.

Mingus played Cactus on Tuesday afternoon in a game that finished after press time. The Cobras won last year’s state title and owned the number two ranking in 4A in the latest Arizona Republic poll coming in to this week.

The Marauders will break from games for the Christmas holidays, returning to action in January.

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