PROVO The Mountain View boys soccer team got its Region 7 campaign off to good start on Tuesday with a 1-0 win at Timpview. The Bruins, last year's Class 5A runner-ups, are among the early favorites to win the region, and winning the region opener on Timpview's field in a rare night game gives them a big boost going forward.
"Timpview's solid," said Mountain View coach Mark Graham. "It was a tough battle. They had the better of the first half and I thought we had the better of the second half."
Jake Parkinson won the game for Mountain View when he scored a penalty kick early in the second half, and the Bruins' defense handed Timpview its first shutout-loss of the year.
In the 44th minute, a foul one yard inside the edge of the area sent Parkinson to the spot.
Just seconds earlier Parkinson had missed a golden opportunity to break scoreless tie on an indirect free kick. The T-Birds' goalkeeper was whistled for picking up a back pass, and the senior forward had clean shot on a quick restart, but hit the ball straight at the goalkeeper.
Parkinson made no mistake on the penalty, however, burying his shot into the lower right corner while the goalkeeper jumped the wrong way.
Timpview kept Mountain View's defense busy. The speedy forward duo of Karson Payton and Joe Espinoza made some dangerous runs and got in behind the defense a couple of times, but couldn't get a shot on frame around Bruins' goalkeeper Michael Chesler.
"Overall I think their team speed might be a little more than ours," said Graham. "Basically we had to get up and back quickly. (Our defenders) are solid. Whether we go three back or whether we go four back they're solid players."
Mountain View won the game by controlling the midfield after it went ahead on Parkinson's goal. The T-Birds found it tough to win possession back in the middle of the field, and that limited the number of touches they had going forward, while the Bruins were able to keep a steady pressure in the attacking half.
"Generally we want to have midfielders start getting touches in the attacking half," said Graham. "Defensively we wanted to track back sooner and try to win balls in the middle."
Timpview's best chance to equalize came in the 64th minute when Espinoza was played through the middle on goal, but he sent his shot wide as Chesler came off the line to cut down the angle.