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Mingus girls soccer advances to final four
Another battle against Flagstaff awaits

<b>Anna Guerrero</b> clears the ball during the first half against Higley Saturday at the Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix. VVN/Sean Morris

<b>Anna Guerrero</b> clears the ball during the first half against Higley Saturday at the Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix. VVN/Sean Morris

PHOENIX-The Marauders girls soccer team played a another great game against Higley Saturday and won 1-0 in the second round of the state playoffs at the Reach 11 Sports Complex.

Nataly Escamilla scored the lone goal of the match in the first half on a feed from Torey Braly.

Higley knew what a dynamic scorer Braly is, so they kept a mark on her for most of the game. Braly is an all around great player though, so even when she doesn't have an opportunity to score she's looking to set up her teammates.

Escamilla has a history of scoring in big games; she scored the only goal in the championship game last year against Flagstaff.

Now the Marauders will once again face the Eagles in the postseason, this time in a semifinal. The game is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday in Sedona.

Mingus won the regular season game against the Eagles 1-0. Keeper Courtney Hageman played outstanding in that game and the win secured the Grand Canyon Region Championship for the Marauders.

Both teams are elite and the Mingus ladies know they have to play their best game to be victorious.

In the last six games between Mingus and Flagstaff, Mingus has won by one score. The two games before those Flagstaff won by one goal and by a shootout.

As if the rivalry wasn't enough to make the game interesting, these teams have been the best, or among the best in the state for several years.

Mingus grew a lot this year. They've dealt with adversity, but it made them stronger. They have a great and rare opportunity.

Flagstaff will be looking for revenge, but Mingus is looking to repeat as champions. Matchups like these are the best reason to watch sports.

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