OREM The Lone Peak girls soccer team dispatched another preseason opponent with an impressive score line on Friday.
The Knights beat a shorthanded Mountain View team 4-0 and left pleased with the early progress they've made in their first two games. They opened the season earlier in the week, beating Timpview by the same score.
Four different players scored, and Lone Peak's defense held on to its second shutout, while Mountain View had a hard time plugging holes in its lineup and creating chances.
"I thought we played pretty stingy defense and fairly opportunistic on offense," said Lone Peak coach Mike LaHargoue. "Defensively we've got everybody back, so I expect us to be pretty solid. Offensively I like what we did. We didn't get a ton of opportunities, but we finished most of them."
The Bruins were without their starting goalkeeper and a few starting outfield players, and Lone Peak didn't hesitate in exploiting any gaps.
The Knights went ahead in the 16th minute when a short cross was flicked on to Kate Brunsdale. The senior midfielder only needed one touch to find the back of the net.
Mountain View had some moments of good possession but didn't produce a lot of shots on goal. Lone Peak's experienced back line kept the pressure on whenever the ball came into the attacking zone, and no one could find a good touch in the box for the Bruins.
The Knights' lead was doubled 10 minutes into the second half when Kelli Hansen's run down the end line forced the goalkeeper out, and Becky Hogan knocked her low cross in.
Keeper Ravin King picked up a rare assist when her deep drop kick sailed all the way into the attacking third, where Lora Katzenbach ran past the defense and scored.
The fourth goal came one minute later from Megan Smith.
"We've got six different kids that can score," said LaHargoue. "I typically have that one go-to type of person, but this year is a team where you're going to have to defend all six of us."
Lone Peak has a mix of experienced players and newcomers, and it is still considered the team to beat in Region 4. The Knights have played in the state-championship game for three straight seasons, and whether or not this team can do the same remains to be seen. But there are some positive signs.
"To start out this way, I'm really happy," said LaHargoue. "Pleasantly surprised."
Mountain View is still winless, with both losses coming against 5A opponents, but should have a better idea of where it stands when the team is back at full strength next week.