GIRLS SOCCER: Marauders cruise past Bears
The Marauders had no trouble getting the best of the visiting Bears on Tuesday with an 8-0 non-conference win.
The Mingus Union High School girls soccer team started scoring early and often against Bradshaw Mountain. Torey Braly kicked things off with a goal, assisted by Natalie Rivera. Rivera followed with the second goal of the game, off of a Rylie Backus corner kick. The Marauders finished out the first half scoring when Braly knocked the ball into the back of the net for a second time off of a Rivera cross. The Marauders were up, 3-0 at halftime.
In the second half, it was more of the same. Bri Nevitt scored a goal when she went 1-on-1 with the goalie on a breakaway. Drea Duke knocked one in off of an assist by Bri Nevitt. Rivera scored her second of the game off of a 1-on-1 from a break away.
Anna Guerrero scored her first varsity goal, after rebounding it after it hit the goal post. Mingus' eighth and final goal of the game came from Nataly Escamilla with an assist by Nevitt.
Defensively, Courtlin Sandoval and Ashley Roth did a solid job for the Marauders. Both players were brought up from the JV squad after the team lost starters due to injuries. Guerrero has also shown coach Buddy Rhodes that she's an excellent addition to the varsity team.
Courtney Hageman had a shut out at goalie, after coach Rhodes took starting goalie, Tessa Fanning out early in the game. Fanning got the opportunity to rest a mild ankle sprain, while Hageman did a good job filling in.
Next up for the Marauders is the region opener against Flagstaff on Saturday. The Marauders will play the Eagles in Flagstaff, where the home field advantage can be significant. The game will be played in cooler weather, high altitude (7,200 feet) and on a turf field. The Marauders defeated the Eagles on Saturday in the Region Tournament Title game while missing some starters due to injuries. Coach Rhodes hopes to have Jessie Zaske and Mackenzie Mabery back in the lineup for Saturday's game. Game time is 1 p.m.