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Wed, June 19

Big day for Marauder soccer at Page<br><i>Mingus teams win Grand Canyon openers</i>

Staff photo by Eric Lusk

ANNA HAMMER-

LE (17) scored a goal in the Mingus win, as did Salem Kamps (15).

Mingus Union girls soccer coach Cade Densmore shook things up considerably in preparation for Saturday’s region opener at Page, and the adjustments produced a pleasing 3-0 victory.

The Marauders reached a season high for goals, getting scores from Salem Kamps, Ashley Brower and Anna Hammerle. They pitched their first shutout since a 0-0 tie with Bradshaw Mountain in an early December tournament.

And most importantly, they earned the right to enter this week at the top of the Grand Canyon Region standings with a 1-0 record.

“We’ve been struggling all year,” Densmore said. “I was wondering if we were ever going to get the monkey off our backs. But the monkey is off. The girls got to sing the fight song. They were ecstatic.”

Densmore’s shake-up resulted in many of his top players, especially the most physical ones, getting moved to defense. He then brought up a handful of JV players with speed and offensive skills to join girls like Kamps and Hammerle at the front.

“It’s a different style of play, but it seems to be effective,” Densmore said. “We just stacked the back, and they didn’t get anything.”

Stacy Wills gave the Marauders a lift at stopper, a key defensive position, in the second half, the coach said. Gail Stearley, Megan Stribling, Sarah Heath and Missy Pomeroy made life easier on keeper Brenna Winslow with their stellar play in the back.

Page had little other than a free kick from just outside the box and a handful of long balls directed at the goal, the coach said.

Brower, a JV call-up, earned game MVP honors from her teammates. Her goal came after getting the ball from about 40 yards out, beating a couple of players on the dribble and then firing from the top of the penalty box.

“It was definitely a breakout game for her,” Densmore said. “She took the game by storm. She was a dominant force.”

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