OREM The Orem girls soccer team didn't score as many goals as it would have liked against Mountain View on Thursday.
But one was enough.
The Tigers recorded their sixth straight shutout to start the season and kept their record perfect with a 1-0 win. Dating back to its second-to-last game of 2007, Orem has not allowed a goal in more than 600 minutes of soccer.
So, while the team can go back to the practice field figuring out how to finish off more of its chances, it can rest assured that even on days where the back of the net is harder to find, its opponent will have even more trouble scoring.
"Mountain View put a lot of pressure on us," said Orem coach Ed Louder. "Our defense was sure when they got the ball at their feet. They were able to turn it back upfield."
If there are any cracks in the Tigers' back line, no one has found them yet. Orem was starting a freshman in goal for the second straight game, but even that has made no difference. And, Mountain View became just the latest team to walk away frustrated and out of ideas on the attack.
"They're always pressing the ball well," said Louder. "They don't make a lot of mistakes."
Orem went ahead for good with a goal in the 26th minute. Kaci McNeil did all the work herself, weaving the ball through a crowd and beating two defenders before finding a gap at the near post from 12 yards out.
"She had to go through a couple of players, and then she finally got a toe on the ball and rolled it in," said Louder. "I think she had it for six or seven touches."
Another Orem shot hit the post, and Mountain View goalkeeper Aja Domingo was kept busy dealing with several other scoring threats.
The Tigers had most of the possession and looked like scoring a few times later in the game. One shot hit the post, and Mountain View goalkeeper Aja Domingo was kept pretty busy dealing with crosses and balls into the danger zone. But, nothing came of it, and the Bruins managed some extended pressure in the last 15 minutes.
Orem's defense held on tight over the last 15 minutes, and young goalkeeper Megan Sackett was in the right position whenever she was tested.
"One-nothing with a great team like Mountain View, there's always a chance they can come back up," said Louder. "Megan turned back what they had. They're a strong and physical team, and they ran hard on us."
After a very difficult preseason schedule, Thursday's loss leaves the Bruins facing an uphill battle in Region 7. Orem is now 3-0 in region play.