Prep soccer: Orozco's late first-half goal, May's goalkeeping help keep Vikings undefeated

Published: Thursday, April 24 2014 10:05 p.m. MDT

Wigham gave his 6-foot-5 goalkeeper plenty of credit, though.

"Porter is really good," the Vikings' coach said. "He's set a school record for the number of shutouts; he's got six, and he missed the first two games because he was still playing basketball and then he missed another game against Davis because he had a concussion. So he's missed three games.

"That's pretty discouraging for an offense to finally get past that back four and then all of a sudden you've got a 6-5 kid standing there waiting for you. So he's pretty imposing; he's doing really well."

Coach Wigham had plenty of praise for his entire team, which has now outscored its Region 1 opponents by a lopsided 21-3 margin.

"They're playing well," he said. "They're just sticking with our game plan. We've been working on certain things in practice, and the kids are buying into it and doing what we ask. They're good kids; they're good soccer players, and we can throw anything at ’em and they go for it.

"I didn't realize how good we were defensively and we've only given up like three goals all year (in region play). I concentrate on offense and I knew we were scoring quite a bit more, but I didn't realize until I looked at the standings for the first time at how few goals we've given up. So our defense is strong as well.

"The last three games, we've played three really good teams, and we've made it look easy — and it's not," Wigham said.

The Vikings are well aware that, with their undefeated record, they've got a huge bull's-eye on their backs. But they're not letting that bother them at all; instead, they relish the fact that they're getting every opponent's best shot.

"Yeah, we know," Orozco said. "But we embrace it; we take pride in it, and it just motivates us to play better. I feel good, our team feels good, and we feel like we're peaking and we're taking this into state and see what we can do."

"We feel like we've had that bull's-eye all year," Wigham said. "Everyone knew we were gonna be pretty good from last year. We had everybody back, and then once Lucas (Cawley) came back, then everybody was like, 'Uh-oh, Viewmont.'

"So they're used to it, they've accepted that. They accept that challenge that teams are gonna give us their best shot. But we like that."

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