Mon, June 24

Marauders soccer beats Northwest Christian
Mingus sees recent 2-0 win over Sedona-Red Rock taken away for now

Senior midfielder Ruben Contreras is a leader on the team. Head coach Calvin Behlow said Contreras isn’t afraid to speak up in practice. VVN/Derek Evans

Senior midfielder Ruben Contreras is a leader on the team. Head coach Calvin Behlow said Contreras isn’t afraid to speak up in practice. VVN/Derek Evans

Mingus Union High School boys soccer won two games this past week. But, the Marauders also got a win from last week taken away for now.

The Marauders beat Glendale Preparatory Academy 4-2 at home on Monday. On Wednesday, they traveled to Northwest Christian (Phoenix.) They won that game 2-0.

Last Saturday, the Marauders thought they had beat Sedona Red Rock High School 2-0. The game was suspended due to poor weather. The officials announced that Mingus won the game. But, now it's been decided the game will need to be finished.

Head coach Calvin Behlow described his team's win against Northwest Christian this way.

"We just played good sound soccer," Behlow said. "We kept the ball on the ground. We made the best of the opportunities we could."

Senior midfielder Miguel Gonzalez scored the first goal. The second game from senior midfielder Hector Zapata. Both goals came in the first half.

"We just kind of settled in," Behlow said. "They had a very aggressive keeper who kind of kept them in the game. But, all and all it was just a well-rounded effort by everybody. It was really good team soccer."

With the win over Sedona taken away, the Marauders' record is now 4-1. The one loss was the first game of the season at Mohave High School.

"They're just asking us to go out there and play again,"Behlow said. "We'll play a couple of games before that and focus on those. And then once Sedona comes, we'll get ready to play that game. There's not much I can do about it. I'll just leave it up to the players to go out and play."

The good news is Mingus won't have to play the full game. It will start where the game left off. That was with the Marauders up 2-0 and with 26 minutes left in the game.

Last year, the team arguably had its best season in program history. Behlow said this season's good start isn't a surprise.

"The thing about soccer is sometimes the better team doesn't always win," he said. "What I'm most impressed with is I think we've been the better team in the past four games."

He added that the Mohave loss was tough to take.

"I think the Mohave game could have gone either way," Behlow said. "It was one of those bitter games that you wish you could have won. But, at the same time, it's over. So, the wins and losses aren't as nice as us actually hitting on all cylinders. We're playing fairly decent soccer. A lot of room for improvement. But, it's going in that direction."

The Marauders are now on winter break. But, Behlow said he will still hold practice. He said the first week of break they will practice four days instead of five. He added the second week he will hold practice on three days.

An important leader for Mingus is senior midfielder Ruben Contreras. Behlow said Contreras means a lot to the team.

"I think he's a product of the program," Behlow said. "He's been a varsity player since his freshman year. So he moved his way in with some older kids that really helped him develop his skill."

Behlow added Contreras is a leader who isn't afraid to speak up.

"He's not afraid to be a vocal player," Behlow said. "He holds kids accountable. That's a great leadership quality to have. What I admire most about Ruben (Contreras) is his ability to hold people accountable. If someone isn't getting it done at practice. He's the first one to say, you're not cheating yourself, you're cheating the team. That goes along way."