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If coaches had the option to take out one minute of every match and not count it, Sedona Red Rock High School girls soccer Head Coach Tom Cadigan would omit the 41st minute.

Sophomore Cassie Sanchez, a forward on the Sedona Red Rock High School girls soccer team, looks to move the ball downfield during a match against the Mingus Union High School Marauders in Cottonwood on Tuesday, Dec. 14. The Scorpions lost the match, 1-0.Having gone toe-to-toe with the defending 4A-II conference state champions in Mingus Union High School for the first 40 minutes, the Scorpions let their guard down for one minute in the second half and it cost them.

“We played so hard, we were right there with them so it’s a tough loss for these girls to take,” Cadigan said on the field Tuesday, Dec. 14, after his team lost 1-0 to the Marauders in Cottonwood.

In fact, for the most part, Sedona dominated the first half, taking at least 10 shots on goal, making Mingus goalkeeper Courtney Hageman work overtime. Sedona spent most of the half passing and attacking the Mingus side of the field with the Marauders on their heels.

After the 10-minute halftime break, the two teams returned to play under the lights in the cold December weather but only one team remembered there was a soccer match to be played.

At the 38:49 mark, Mingus midfielder Amanda Randolph snuck past a few Sedona defenders and received a cross which she put past Scorpion goalkeeper Sierra Winters to net a score, making it 1-0.

“We didn’t come out of halftime ready, and it cost us. We pressured them for most of the game too, which is disappointing,” Cadigan said.

The two teams were even in the final 38 minutes of play, taking four shots apiece on goal but the 1-0 loss will stick in the craw of Sedona players for days.

Having started the season a perfect 4-0 after a 9-0 win over South Pointe High School on Monday, Dec. 13, the Scorpions drop to 4-1 [3-0, 1A-3A North] overall this season after losing Tuesday.

The Scorpions were slotted at No. 6 in the winter season’s first Arizona Interscholastic Association power point poll, which was released Thursday, Dec. 16.

Sedona was in action again Thursday when they traveled to Coconino High School. Results were unavailable at press time.
The Coconino contest is the last match for Sedona until after the new year. The Scorpions are scheduled to host Scottsdale Christian High School on Thursday, Jan. 6.
Official start time is scheduled for 4 p.m.


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