Print Marauders girls finish second in state finals
Written by Staci Gasser   
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 00:00

The Mingus Union High School Marauders made it through the quarterfinals and a couple steps further: to the Division III state championship final game.

Marauders Senior Captain Nataly Escamilla, right, takes a shot with her powerful foot in a regular season game earlier this year. Escamilla scored three post-season goals. The Mingus Union girls soccer team lost 1-0 to the Campo Verde Coyotes in the Division III state championship game on Saturday, Feb. 8, at Campo Verde High School in Glendale, finishing the season with a 14-5 record.The No. 3-seeded Marauders were considered underdogs throughout the tournament.

In Round 1, the Marauders had home field advantage against No. 14 Safford Bulldogs on Jan. 29. The Marauders showcased their superior skills and talent over the Bulldogs, outscoring Safford 5-0. The Marauders’ defense excelled with intensity.

“This year, we are young, we lost our feature forward before the season started. If we make it to the quarterfinals of the state tournament, that will be success. Everything else will be a bonus,” Mingus Union girls soccer Head Coach Bud Rhodes said.

Rhodes has been saying that all year long.

For the full story, please see the Wednesday, Feb. 13, issue of the Cottonwood Journal Extra.