Tue, Jan. 21

Mingus girls soccer

The Mingus girls soccer team is heading to State. After a tough 1-0 win at home against Page Friday afternoon, the team is excited about heading to the State playoffs for the second time in two years.

This is only the second time in the team's history that they will be taking the trip.

The win against Page gave the Marauders a third-place finish in the regional tournament, behind Coconino and Flagstaff.

The Marauders were on fire Friday afternoon at home as they took on the Page Sand Devils. They out-shot the visiting team 34-4 during the game.

The first half was a lot of back and forth as neither team could find the net. The one and only shot that made it into the goal was the only one the Marauders would need, it was good enough for the win.

The sole goal was knocked in by Natalie Rivera, her 15th on the year. The assist came from Rebekah Westover after about 25 minutes of play in the second half.

The game was preceded by the Marauders' first region tournament game against Flagstaff earlier in the Week. Flagstaff, ranked No. 1 in the State, had a hard time beating the Marauders but eventually found their stride and chalked up a 3-0 win, which put Mingus in the third-place game against Page at home.

During the regional tournament Coconino upset Flagstaff to become region champs, but the Eagles' loss didn't dethrone them as the best team in 4A II.

Next up for Mingus will be the first round of the State playoffs. Their first opponent will be Mojave from Bullhead City. Mojave finished second in the 4A II Skyline region.

That game will be played on Wednesday at 6 p.m. on the road. The Marauders faced Mojave earlier in the year and lost a squeaker to them, 3-2 when they sunk a penalty kick late in the second half.

"We feel good that we're facing Mojave in the first round," coach Joe Rongo said.

Before getting into the State Playoffs, some of the Marauders enjoyed being named to the All-Region teams. Lisa Rauch and Rebekah Westover were selected to the All-Region First Team. Karen Van Gorpe, Natalie Rivera and Andrea Duke took home Second Team All-Region honors, and Jamie Rodriguez was picked for Honorable Mention.

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