The Mingus Union boys soccer team had back-to-back games early this week. The Marauders took on Grand Canyon Region opponents, Sinagua and Coconino.
On Monday, Mingus hosted Sinagua to a 4-0 win. Gabriel Meza kicked off the offensive strike by Mingus with the only goal in the first half, assisted by Jesse Reeves.
Two minutes into the second half, Mikie Rebstein scored a goal off of a header for the Marauders to make it 2-0.
In the 31st minute, Williams Dominguez stayed after the ball and scored on a 1-on-1 with the goal to make it 3-0. Just 32-seconds later, Meza found the back of the net again with a header into the goal. Along with the defensive effort to shut the Mustangs out, the Marauders held on for the 4-0 win.
On Tuesday, the Marauders hosted the Coconino Panthers and won that game, 5-0. Meza came up big in this game with a hat trick. He began the scoring for the Marauders with a goal just 30-seconds into the game, after working his way downfield with the ball. 13-minutes later, Meza scored again to give Mingus a 2-0 lead.
In the 25th minute of the first half, the Panthers were called for a hand-ball and from about 35 yards out, Jesse Reeves kicked the free kick, over the keeper and into the back corner of the net for goal No. 3.
Just before halftime, Meza scored his third goal of the game, when he placed the shot perfectly between the keeper and the post from about six yards out.
With the 4-0 lead at halftime, the Marauders were able to relax and focus on defense. Neither team scored until about six minutes left in the game when Austin Strobel got a corner kick and placed it in front of the goal where Hunter Zwart headered it in for goal No. 5. Mingus shut out the Panthers and won the game, 5-0.
The Marauders have a big game today as they host Mohave at 3 p.m. If Mingus can pull out a win against Mohave, then they will be crowned Region Champs, despite having one more game left on their schedule. Mingus and Mohave met up against each other in the Regional Tournament Championship game, where Mohave got the better of the Marauders 3-1. This time, Mingus coach Cade Densmore hopes for a different outcome.
"They are like us, they are physical and strong. It should be a battle," said coach Densmore. "We are basically going to do the same things, but we are working more on executions and we've tweaked the offense a little."