SEDONA -- Winning each half, 2-1, the Marauders boys soccer team beat the Scorpions in Sedona Thursday, 4-2. Cristian Escobar, Miguel Gonzalez, Marco Garcia, and Daniel Pallares scored for Mingus.
"We passed the ball well at times," said Mingus head coach Cade Densmore. "We still coughed the ball up more than I'd like, but we kept possession fairly well against Sedona."
The Scorpions scored in the first half on a well-timed through ball. Mingus keeper Gilberto Quidera came out to snatch it up, but a Mingus defender simultaneously came in to clear it -- a miscommunication led to the score. Sedona scored in the second half on a deflection.
Miguel Gonzalez's goal in the first half for Mingus was a thing of beauty. Jahir Jocobo crossed it to a wide-open Gonzalez and he sent a rocket to the near post. The Sedona keeper made an attempt, but the shot was too fast for him to judge.
Mingus played Joy Christian earlier in the week and won easily, 10-1. Densmore called off the dogs and tried to work on passing, but his Marauders still found the net.
Their power-point record is now (3-1). They play at Wickenburg Thursday (Dec. 20) and play at Coconino Jan. 4.
COTTONWOOD -- The Mingus girls soccer team dominated possession Thursday and beat the visiting Sedona Scorpions, 3-0, on Bright Field. Martina Bueno, Emily Nelson, and Haley Backus scored for Mingus.
"Every game we're getting better and feeling more comfortable as a team," said senior captain Nataly Escamilla.
Chemistry builds for Mingus as they get more playing time together. It appears midfielders Escamilla and Backus already have it; they put on a short-passing clinic against Sedona.
"I love playing with Haley. I've been playing with her a long time, we know how we play, and it's great in the middle right now," said Escamilla.
Backus scored on a PK in the second half. A Sedona defender tried to clear the ball and it bounced up and hit her in the arm -- a welcome gift for Backus on her birthday. She stepped up without hesitation and scored.
Bueno scored on a breakaway assisted by Escamilla and Nelson scored on a corner kick in the first half.
"Martina scored on a nice through ball from Nataly. She got around the corner and scored with a nice shot. It was a beautiful play," said Mingus head coach Buddy Rhodes.
Bueno received a yellow card for playing too physical in the second half. She was warned before getting booked, but she kept up the intensity.
"I see that Martina is very fast, very tenacious, and she spends the first 20 minutes of the game getting banged off the ball by the other team, and the only way she can keep from getting pushed around is to lower her shoulder and initiate the contact - that's what's getting called in my opinion, but I respect the referee," said Rhodes.
As long as the card isn't red, it's a positive sign for Mingus -- it just means the Marauders are pushing the limit.
The Mingus ladies play Page Saturday at 2 p.m. on Bright Field.