Patriots down Marauders in Sectional battle

The Mingus Marauders boys soccer team lines up for the National Anthem earlier this season when they took on the Moon Valley Rockets. The Marauders have went 1-2 since their loss to Moon Valley back on December 15. (Photo by Greg Macafee)

The Mingus Marauders boys soccer team lines up for the National Anthem earlier this season when they took on the Moon Valley Rockets. The Marauders have went 1-2 since their loss to Moon Valley back on December 15. (Photo by Greg Macafee)

GLENDALE- After a convincing 4-0 win over the Prescott Badgers last Tuesday, the Mingus Marauders boys soccer team took to the road Monday night to take on sectional foe Independence.

The Patriots (3-4-1) were one of a couple of teams that dropped down from Division II for the 2015-2016 season, with an enrollment of close to 2,000 kids, Head Coach Calvin Behlow and the Marauders were in for a tough matchup.

"We played a great division II team that moved down to our Division this year," Behlow said. "The school has nearly 2,000 kids, they were fun to watch."

Independence came into the game outscoring opponents 24-14 and were ranked just ahead of the Marauders at the No. 24 spot.

The Patriots added four goals onto to that total as they took down Mingus 4-0. Even though his team took the loss Behlow was able to take some positives away from another tough loss.

"I have players that work harder than any other team," the third-year Head Coach said. "Even in a loss we out hustle the other team. I just wish that some games we could match the experience."

As of right now both teams are set to miss the state tournament with only 16 teams earning a spot.

Last year the Marauders, who lost 10 seniors coming into the 2015-2016 season, lost their first game of the season and then ran the table until they lost in the state tournament.

Losing 10 seniors is a tough task for any team to overcome and with five games left in the season, the Marauders will have a chance to move up the Division III Section I ladder with only sectional games remaining.

The No. 25 Marauders will face No. 34 Cactus (Jan. 15), No. 7 Cortez (Jan. 19), No. 41 Page (Jan. 21), No. 21 North Pointe Prep. (Jan. 23), and their last game of the season will take place at home on January 26 against No. 36 Sunrise Mountain.

As of right now the Marauders sit at 1-3 in the Sectional picture with Cortez at the top of the Section at 2-0 and 3-1 overall.

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