GIRLS SOCCER: Marauders get sweet revenge over Saints
Mingus Union 1  Notre Dame 0 (4-3 PK)
The Mingus Union girls soccer team faced the team that had beat them last season for the 4A II State Championship, the Notre Dame Saints. On Tuesday, the Marauders battled the Saints. Like last season, the game went into overtime. Like last season, the game came down to penalty kicks. Unlike last season, the Marauders got the win, beating the Saints 4-3 in penalty kicks for the 1-0 preseason win.
Both teams have battled hard all four times they have faced each other in the past couple of years. They now stand at a 2-2 overall record against each other ... and chances are, they will see one-another again later this season.
But on Tuesday, the Marauders were able to get a bit of revenge. The game went scoreless after 80 minutes of regulation. Despite out-shooting the Saints, 16-4, the Marauders weren't able to get the ball into the back of the net. On the other side, Goalie Tessa Fanning had a great game, with four saves.
In the first half, the Saints were effective in forcing the Marauders to play their game, which is long shots and quick running. Coach Buddy Rhodes talked to his team at halftime and in the second half, the Marauders were better able to play the type of game they want to - with more passing and control of the ball.
"Notre Dame was very quick and physical," said coach Rhodes. "They play in-your-face soccer. They're always pressing hard and quick."
When the regulation and overtime periods expired, with the game still at 0-0, the game came down to PKs. In the Championship game, the teams battled to the PK's and Notre Dame won the battle, 3-2. This year, the Marauders got the upper hand and won this battle, 4-3. Knocking the ball in were Drea Duke, Rylie Backus, Torey Braly and Jessie Zaske.
"As a team everyone put out a lot of effort," said coach Rhodes. "The center-defense of Backus and Zaske kept their speedy forwards out of the goal. In the middle of the field, Kelsey Huber did a good job and two forwards Torey Braly and Natalie Rivera gave a lot of effort and played the whole game."
The Marauders improved to 3-0 on the season and will face Thunderbird on Monday at home at 5 p.m. Then they travel to Sedona on Tuesday.