Arcadia girls soccer shuts out Mingus

Arcadia girls soccer shuts out Mingus

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Arcadia girls soccer shuts out Mingus

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Phoenix Arcadia girls soccer coach Adam Zweiback took one look at Megan Hawkins and knew she was playing the wrong position.

For most of her career, the sophomore had been a midfielder or defender, but Zweiback knew she had the ability to make a serious impact at the net.

She proved him right again Friday night.

Hawkins scored on a long shot up the middle in the 40th minute of the first half to give host Arcadia a cozy lead and help propel the team to a 2-0 victory over Cottonwood Mingus.

“They were playing really tough defense on her,” Zweiback said. “Finally she took a shot from distance and just absolutely laced it.”

Hawkins has five goals in two games so far this season.

“It was really nice because we had a comfortable lead,” Hawkins said. “We came out motivated for the second half.”

Arcadia’s defense limited Mingus to very few opportunities offensively. A penalty kick in the 18th minute of the second half was the closest Mingus came to scoring, but the ball veered wide right and Arcadia cruised to victory after that.

Rachel DiTullio scored in the 12th minute to give Arcadia an early 1-0 lead.

“I wasn’t actually sure that was going to go in so I was really happy,” DiTullio said.

The team, adjusting to a new offense and a new coach, is having little trouble finding its footing so far. Junior midfielder Missy Dominick said the players also have complete faith in their new system and their new forward.

“(Megan) stays right on their middle defender,” she said. “So if we can get it to her and work it through the middle, then we have a better chance at scoring more goals.”

With Friday’s win, Arcadia moves to 2-0. Friday’s shutout win was a good test and a great motivator, midfielder Annie Sherman said.

“The girls we really on us,” Sherman said. “We had to really work for it this week.”

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