The Mingus Union girls soccer team is off and running strong this season. They defeated 4A I Independence, 8-0 and then took on No. 3 (4A I) Prescott on Thursday night to a 4-1 win.
At Independence, the Marauder got off to a quick start and pressured throughout the game. Scoring goals for the Marauders were: Kelsey Huber, Torey Braly scored two, last year's leading scorer, Natalie Rivera had a hat trick with three goals, Cassie Bailey scored one and Kayla Dixon knocked one in for the 8-0 win.
At Prescott High School on Thursday, the Marauders struck quickly with a goal with just 1:35 into the game. Rivera knocked the ball into the back of the net with the assist from Torey Braly.
About eight minutes later, the Badgers tied the game up when the Badgers' Forward sped past defenders and knocked the ball into the goal.
With the game tied up, the Marauders got back on the offensive and scored the go-ahead goal when Cassie Bailey knocked it in with the assist from Braly. The Marauders continued to fight and the half ended with Mingus up, 2-1.
In the second half, the Marauders linked together a series of passes that began with Alexis Nevitt and ended with Dixon scoring the goal from the left side of the field. The goal came with about 20 minutes left in the game.
About seven minutes later, the Marauders scored a 'breathe easier' goal when Braly took off on the outside, drew the goalie out and knocked the ball over her head for the goal. That gave Mingus a 4-1 lead and the Marauders battled it out for another 13 minutes for the win.
"It was a big win for us," said coach Buddy Rhodes. They were strong and it was two good teams going head-to-head."
The Marauders gear up again on Tuesday when they face Notre Dame in a rematch of last year's 4A II State Championship game. Mingus' preseason has been loaded with tough games and Notre Dame is definitely no exception to this. The Saints return eight players from last year's State Championship team and have added other strong players. The Marauders return all of their players from last year's Runner-up team and it will no doubt be a battle.
The game on Tuesday will be at Mingus Union High School. The game will begin at 5 p.m. and will be the Marauders' first home game of the season.