|Sedona loses as Mingus offense comes to life in final minutes|
|Written by Brian Bergner Jr.|
|Friday, 20 January 2012 00:00|
After starting the season a perfect 4-0, the Scorpions boys soccer team has lost five straight matches including a heartbreaking 4-0 loss to rival Mingus Union High School on Friday, Jan. 13.
Sedona Red Rock High School, which came to Friday night’s contest with an even 4-4 overall record, played the Marauders even for the first 61 minutes of the match.
In the 62nd minute, Mingus finally broke the 0-0 spell with a goal by Austin Strobel to make it 1-0 Marauders.
After the score, Sedona players were devastated, and the flood gates opened for Mingus, which scored three more goals in the remaining 17 minutes of play to go on and win, 4-0.
“We played an amazing game. We had them on the ropes until the second goal, then we fell apart. Other than the last 15 minutes to 20 minutes, it was probably our best game of the year,” Sedona senior goalkeeper Kyle DeTar said.
It is the fifth straight loss for the Scorpions, who haven’t won a match since Dec. 9 when they beat Bourgade Catholic High School in the Coyotes Soccer Classic, 3-2.
Sedona is 4-5 overall this season but is 2-4 in Arizona Interscholastic Association power point play. The Scorpions are ranked No. 43 in Division III with four matches to go.
The Scorpions were in action Tuesday, Jan. 17, when they traveled to Page High School. Results were unavailable at press time.
Sedona travels to Bradshaw Mountain High School on Thursday, Jan. 19, in its last road trip of the regular season. Official start time is set for 6 p.m.
The boys will end the 2011-2012 regular season with two home matches, the first coming Tuesday, Jan. 24, against Prescott High School.
The regular season finale is set for Thursday, Jan. 26, when Sedona hosts Bradshaw Mountain. Both matches are scheduled for a 6 p.m. start time.
With Sedona ranked 43rd overall in Division III, there is little hope for the Scorpions to make the Division III state playoffs Tuesday, Jan. 31, when the first round is set to begin.
The AIA takes only the top 16 teams in the power point rankings to make up the state tournament.