Mon, June 24

Mingus boys soccer demolishes Sedona, Mingus girls extend streak

Senior captain defender <b>Ashleigh Makuch</b> breaks up a pass against Prescott Thursday night on Bright Field. VVN/Sean Morris

Senior captain defender <b>Ashleigh Makuch</b> breaks up a pass against Prescott Thursday night on Bright Field. VVN/Sean Morris

COTTONWOOD - Improving to a (7-3) power-point record, the Mingus boys soccer team took it to the visiting Sedona Scorpions Friday, winning 7-0. The blowout win came one day after losing a close contest at Prescott, 2-1, on a penalty kick.

Junior captain midfielder Cristian Escobar scored four goals Friday at home, increasing his season tally to 16, and good enough to set a new single-season school record. There are still five games left in the regular season. Whatever mark he ends up with will likely stand for a long time - or at least until his senior season.

"We lost yesterday and we felt really bad about it, but we lifted our heads up today and played a great game tonight. Our passing was the difference," said Escobar.

On his record setting season Escobar said, "I'm very proud and I want to thank all my teammates for their assists."

Escobar demonstrated great skill last season, and he's only getting better. This year he's spearheading a formidable Mingus attack with maturity, scoring and distributing the ball.

"If I didn't hold him back, he'd probably already have 25 goals," said Mingus head coach Cade Densmore. "With five games left, who knows where he'll end up? He has the ability to go off in any game."

Mingus' (7-3) record has them on the bubble in the state playoff picture, and the Marauders will need Escobar to keep scoring in bunches to secure a spot in the tournament.

Then again, they still have plenty of other guys capable of putting the ball in the net. Against Sedona Daniel Pallares, Omar Maria, and Jesse Maciel also scored.

Ruben Contreras scored the lone Mingus goal against Prescott. Escobar took a direct free kick that clanged off the crossbar and Contreras followed the shot and scored on a rebound.

"We didn't play our best game against Prescott, so we're looking forward to a rematch with them next Wednesday," said Densmore.

The boys' next game is at home Tuesday against Northwest Christian, a team that beat them badly last year on Bright Field. A win against the Crusaders would do a lot to move Mingus up the power rankings.

Mingus Girls

Extending their power-point winning streak to six games, the Mingus girls soccer team beat Prescott, 2-1, Thursday on a cold and windy Bright Field.

Senior defender Delaney Scanlan scored in the first minute. Junior outside midfielder Emily Nelson dropped the ball back to Scanlan and she sent it in from distance. Wind aided and hard to judge for the Prescott keeper, Scanlan's shot put the Marauders up, 1-0, right away.

Senior midfielder Nataly Escamilla scored the second goal for Mingus, also an outside shot. Escamilla found herself in space with the ball and she let it rip.

Prescott scored close to the end of the first half. The second half was scoreless.

The Marauders are now (7-1) in power point games and are ranked fourth in Division III. Their next game is at Northwest Christian Tuesday.

In case you're wondering, Torey Braly set the Mingus girls single-season goal record with 39 as a junior. She ended with 117 over four years.