WASHINGTON TERRACE -- The Outlaws still have work to do, something they don't shy away from, but if Thursday evening was any indication, the 2012 campaign could truly be Ogden's finest hours.
Lining up against defending Southwest Division champion Fresno, Ogden battled the Fuego to a 0-0 draw at Bonneville High School.
Ogden commanded play for much of the match, finishing with a 13-5 advantage in shots, and just narrowly missed the breakthrough play it needed to secure its first win of the season.
"I am really pleased with the way we played," Ogden coach/owner Mike Hickman Sr. said. "We really dominated stretches of the match today, something that I wasn't sure we could do against that good of a team.
"Fresno is a very, very good team," Hickman added. "In the past, we just haven't had the personnel to dominate a team like that."
Ogden (0-2-1) commanded the ball in the opening 45 minutes, dominating possession and opportunities, and pinning Fresno in front of its own goal for long stretches.
The Outlaws held a 10-2 advantage in shots during the opening half, which including two near breakaways that were saved deep in the box by the Fuego goalkeeper.
"We're very close to breaking through and scoring goals," Hickman said. "Right now, we are just a little too worried about missing shots instead of being confident in shooting them. We just need to relax and take a breath. We talked to the players about that before the game and again at halftime.
"I think it's just a matter of getting the first one, of seeing it going, and getting confidence from that."
The pace of the match became much more unsettled, as both teams battled for an advantage. Ogden's best two chances came late in the match, including a stoppage time opportunity by Kyle Christensen just two yards from the goal line.
Ogden remains home to face the Los Angeles Misioneros on Saturday evening at Bonneville High School. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. Los Angles is coming off a 0-0 draw on Thursday night against BYU in Provo.