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Marauders begin season perfectly
Mingus girls soccer starts 8-0 and wins Sandra Day O’Connor tournament

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No. 19 Drea Duke battles for the ball during a home game.

VVN/J. Pelletier No. 19 Drea Duke battles for the ball during a home game.

The Mingus Union girls soccer team has been on a tear this season. They start the year off with an 8-0 record, a tournament championship and they have only allowed two goals scored against them, as opposed to the 40 goals they have scored on opponents they've faced.

On Dec. 4 Mingus took on Desert Edge at home and won that game 3-0. All three goals came in the first half. The first was by Kayla Dixon assisted by Cassie Bailey off of a deflection with 36:09 left in the first half. The second came when Natalie Rivera kicked the ball in from a cross by Bailey with 25:04 left. Under a minute later the Marauders struck again when Bailey scored a goal from a cross by Rivera at 23:17. The three-goal lead was plenty for the win at home. The Marauder defense kept Desert Edge quiet for the win.

Two days later, the Marauders hosted Perry and won that game, 6-0. The Marauders scored one goal in the first half off of the foot of Bailey with the assist by Dixon on a breakaway. In the second half, the Marauders began firing into the net consistently. Bailey scored the second goal of the game with the assist by Rivera. Rivera scored the third goal with the assist by Torey Braly. No. 4 came from Rivera with the assist by Braly on a header. Kelsey Huber knocked one in with the assist by Rivera off of a cross on the left side. Rivera scored the sixth and final goal with the assist by Bailey when Rivera followed up a bad save by the Perry goalie.

After the back-to-back wins, the Marauders headed to the Sandra Day O'Connor tournament from Dec. 8-12. After five games in five days, the Mingus girls soccer team did something no other Mingus girls soccer team has ever done ... they won a tournament championship.

The Marauders faced off against Higley on Monday and won that game, 8-0. Drea Duke fired the first shot in for a goal with the assist by Rivera and Bailey with 24:00 left in the first half. Rivera kicked the second one in with the assist by Bailey when River bicycle kicked the ball into the net with 23:02 on the clock.

Neither team scored for the rest of the first half. But half No. 2 was going to be an exciting one for Mingus. Alexis Nevitt scored the first goal of the second half, assisted by Bailey from a throw in with 22:36 left. Duke scored her second of the game with the assist by Nevitt off of a deflection with 20:47 on the clock. Duke scored her third goal for a hat trick right after her last one with the assist by Allyn Backus and Amanda Randolph.

Torey Braly scored a goal on a breakaway down the right side with 18:07. Randolph scored a goal on a breakaway for the seventh Mingus goal. Finally, Hanna Etcheverry scored the eighth and final goal of the game with 1:52 left when she took a shot from outside the 18.

After the win on Monday, the Marauders returned on Tuesday and took on Independence. This was a much closer game, but Mingus pulled it out with a 2-1 win.

Rivera scored the only goal of the first half with the assist by Duke. In the second half, the Marauders extended its lead to 2-0 when Rylie Backus kicked the corner kick and Rivera got the ball and scored with 28:30 left in the game. Independence scored their only goal and the only goal to be scored on the Marauders so far in the season with 11:22 left in the second half. Mingus held tough and edged their opponent for the win.

On Wednesday, the Marauders faced Desert Edge and got the 6-0 victory. Rivera began the Marauder scoring from a header with the assist by Backus with 20:16 left in the first half. Deserata Braly knocked in No. 2 off of a penalty kick with 16:30 left on the clock.

In the second half, the Marauders continued to barrage the goalie with shot after shot. Kelsey Huber kicked a goal in with the assist by Rivera at 30:00, then 1:20 later, Duke found the goal on a penalty kick. At 25:00 Duke knocked in her second goal of the game from a cross from Dixon. The last goal scored by Mingus was by Torey Braly with the assist by Randolph on a cross.

Wednesday's win gave the Marauders a 3-0 record and a ticket to the semifinal game against Willow Çanyon on Thursday. Again the Marauders were tougher than their opponent and Mingus won, 2-0.

Both goals were scored in the first half. The first was off of the foot of Kayla Dixon who found the corner of the net from outside the 18. Rivera scored the second with the assist by Duke on a great play that displayed the amazing teamwork that the group has this year.

On Friday, the Marauders faced Sandra Day O'Connor for the championship and pounced the hosting team, 8-1. In a span of 11-minutes, 40-seconds the Marauders scored six goals and ran away with the game in the first half.

Duke started things off with a goal with 30:56 left in the first half. Backus had an indirect kick toward the goal, Duke followed up after a bad save by the goalie. Mingus scored right after that when Bailey knocked the ball in, going 1-on-1 with the goalie, with the assist by Duke at 30:21. Duke kicked in goal No. 3 with the assist by Tessa Fanning. Its not often that the team goalie gets the assist, but Fanning punted the ball and Duke took it for a breakaway and scored at 27:46.

Bailey scored the fourth goal of the half with the assist by Rivera. Again Bailey beat the goalie on the 1-on-1 with 24:09 left in the first half. Bailey scored Mingus' fifth goal less than a minute later for the hat trick. Huber, who passed the ball to Bailey, assisted the goal. Bailey got the ball into the back of the net after going 1-on-1 with the goalie again at 23:34. Rivera, assisted by Bailey at 19:16, scored the final goal of the half.

The Marauders held a 6-0 lead going into the second half, and that lead was never really threatened by SDO. Mingus scored No. 7 at 34:39 in the second half off of the foot of Huber with the assist by Rivera. Huber knocked the eighth goal in on a header with the assist by Rivera at 27:48.

SDO scored their only goal of the game and only the second goal to be scored against Mingus when they got the ball in off of a penalty kick with 17:50 left in the game.

Currently the Marauders are ranked No. 3 in the 4A II Power Points and have a record of 8-0. They have outscored their opponents 40-2 so far and claimed their first-ever tournament championship.

The Marauders are playing very well and dominating every team they face. The Marauders have a small break before heading to the Notre Dame Tournament on Dec. 20. Then they will resume play at the Notre Dame Tournament on Jan. 2-3 before facing Washington on the road on Jan. 7.

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