Mingus girls soccer wins Sun Valley Classic

<b>MacKenzie Mabery</b> VVN/Sean Morris

<b>MacKenzie Mabery</b> VVN/Sean Morris

COTTONWOOD - Mingus girls soccer rolled through the Sun Valley Classic Tournament at Copper Canyon HS, scoring 17 goals and allowing none.

The Marauders went 4-0 in the three-day tourney and only found a tough opponent in the final against the Wildcats of Willow Canyon from Surprise.

In the final, Torey Braly scored in the first half and drew a PK in the second that Sweeper Anna Guerrero converted.

"Willow Canyon is a decent team," said Mingus head coach Buddy Rhodes. "They're probably the best team we've seen since the Vegas tournament. They're a division I school. Most of the teams in the tournament were Division I schools, but two of them weren't very strong."

The first three matches of the tournament didn't give Mingus a challenge. The final was a good game and Willow Canyon created opportunities to score, but Mingus played better and wore them down.

A frustration foul in the box on Braly drew the PK. Braly had the Wildcat beat and defender didn't want to see the stealthy standout score again.

Rhodes said playing a good team in the final of the Sun Valley Classic Saturday helped the Marauders beat Coconino 6-0 Monday.

"We couldn't have scripted it any better," said Rhodes. "Winning against Willow Canyon was the shot in the arm our team needed to beat Coconino 6-0 [on Monday]. Coconino is a good team and I don't think we'll be able to beat them 6-0 the next time we see them. We just got on a roll today."

Against Coconino MacKenzie Mabery scored 2 goals, Torey Braly scored 1 goal with 3 assists, and Nataly Escamilla, Ashley Roth, and Haley Backus all scored one goal.

The Marauders' next home game is Friday at 5 p.m. against Sedona.

*11 different girls have scored at least one goal for the Mingus squad so far this season.

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