Fri, Jan. 24

Marauders sweep Page, <br>boys fall to Arcadia

Mingus Union’s boys and girls soccer teams opened their Grand Canyon Region schedules with wins on Saturday.

The Marauder boys traveled to Page and triumphed 4-1. The Lady Marauders topped the home-standing Sand Devils 5-1. Both Mingus teams will visit Coconino on Saturday as conference play continues.

Mingus boys

Omar Islas scored twice, and Jordan Webb and Jacob DeGeer each netted one shot for Mingus. Steve Craver dished out three assists as the Marauders scored twice in each half.

Page’s lone goal came after intermission on a penalty kick.

Mingus will spend this week in the Cactus High tournament. The Marauders opened the event with a 5-3 loss to Arcadia on Monday. Coach Rex Bergamini’s squad fell behind 2-0 in the first four minutes and gave up another goal about 10 minutes later before rallying.

Islas, a striker, again netted two scores. Craver blasted a direct kick past the Arcadia keeper for the other goal.

"The boys had a lot of heart," Bergamini said. "They fought really hard … but the other team was bigger, more aggressive, had a better passing game and took better shots. They pretty much dominated the game."

Mingus (1-2 overall) played Glendale on Tuesday evening (after press time) and is scheduled to meet Mountain Ridge at 5 p.m. today. Bracket play will continue Thursday and Friday.

Mingus girls

A stern halftime pep talk from coach Steve Ferreira jump-started the Lady Marauders. Page, new to girls soccer, took a 1-0 lead early in the game and remained tied with Mingus 1-1 at the break.

"At halftime, I told them I wanted five points within 10 to 15 minutes, and we got it," Ferreira said.

Sarah Heath scored four of the Marauders’ goals. Jill Ferreira added the other. Ferreira (2), Elaine Rothrock, Missy Pomeroy and Tiffany Peterson provided the assists.

"(Heath) was the speed in the front," coach Ferreira said. "It worked out well."

The Mingus coach said his players are looking forward to Saturday’s date at Coconino. The Panthers tied Flagstaff last week. The Marauders beat Flag in a preseason scrimmage. A Mingus win would give the team an early boost in its state playoff quest.

"The girls are pumped for the game," coach Ferreira said. "We’re going for the win."

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