Fri, Jan. 24

Girls win one at Page, fall to top seed Coco

Kate Ferreira jostles with Coconino's Katie Conway (9)

Coconino advanced to play Flagstaff in Thursday night's GCR title game. Mingus Union ends its season at 4-13. Amazingly, the Marauders went to shootouts in four of their final six games.

"I'm really proud of them," Mingus coach Cade Densmore said after the final one Wednesday night. "They took the number eight team in the state to overtime and penalty kicks. I just wanted so much more for the seniors."

Two 12th-graders, Jamie Bodam and Jill Ferreira, put the Marauders in a position to even compete in a shootout against Coconino on Wednesday.

Bodam scored from the left side with 11:57 left in regulation to tie the Panthers 1-1. Ferreira assisted on the play, serving up a nice pass to her wide-open teammate from the middle.

The two teams then battled to a stalemate through the rest of the second half and through two 10-minute overtimes. Coconino nearly ended it with 1:21 left in regulation, but a well-drilled shot hit the post and deflected away. Neither team got another good look, and the contest went to the all-too-familiar tiebreaking format.

The Panthers made their first three penalty kicks, while Marauders Brianna Grondin and Ferreira nailed theirs. Mingus goalie Brenna Winslow, who played an outstanding game overall, batted down Coco's fourth shot. The Marauders needed to make their fourth kick to stay alive, but the Panther keeper made a nice save to end the game.

Coconino scored its only goal in regulation less than four minutes into the opening half on a lofter from the right side by Kristen Potter. From there, the Mingus defense clamped down, and while threatened numerous times, didn't surrender another score.

Winslow, stopper Gail Stearley, and backfield players Pam Smith, Sarah Dixon, Ashley Gray and others led the way, Densmore said.

"The biggest thing (Coconino) did up there (in the first meeting) was they capitalized on our mistakes," the coach said. "Here, we didn't give them any. The team covered for each other. They were all stellar."

Mingus didn't miss a penalty kick in Tuesday's shootout win at Page. Grondin, Salem Kamps, Jill Ferreira and Sarah Heath each netted shots. Grondin also scored during regulation.

Ending the season with a shootout loss is nothing new to Densmore or the Lady Marauders. Densmore's team last season, the Lake Havasu boys, fell in the state playoffs in a shootout that went to 10 kickers from each side.

The past three seasons the Mingus girls have been knocked out of the GCR tournament in shootouts. This year it was Coconino. In 2000 and 2001, Sinagua was the team celebrating the win while Marauder players wondered what could have been.

On a positive note, Mingus only graduates three players from Densmore's first squad here – Jill Ferreira, Kate Ferreira and Bodam. A talented crop of eighth-graders, plus players from the Marauders' 6-2 junior varsity squad, should add to the talent pool for 2002-03.

"I'm already thinking about next year," Densmore said.

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