Ogden Outlaws seek second-half success

Tuesday , March 18, 2014 - 1:39 PM

Justin Johnson

WASHINGTON TERRACE — When the Outlaws kicked off their 2012 season just a few short weeks ago, Ogden coach/owner Mike Hickman Sr. said he felt like this was the best and most talented team the seventh-year franchise had assembled.

With the season having reached its halfway point, Ogden heads into the second half having matched its best start ever with a 3-3-2 mark through eight matches.

With the second half of the Premier Development League season beginning tonight, the Outlaws hope to push that success even further.

“The guys are riding a lot of confidence,” Hickman said. “They feel they can compete against anyone in the league right now. We need to begin this second half of our season with a pair of wins.”

Ogden takes on the Southern California Seahorses at 6 p.m. this evening at Bonneville High School, hoping for a repeat of a 1-0 road victory in La Mirada, Calif., two weekends ago.

The Seahorses are 2-5-2 this season and have been outscored 18-10 in nine matches. Southern California has, however, won two of its past three matches after starting the season winless in its first six outings. The team is coming off a 3-2 victory over Fresno on Saturday.

Ogden scored midway through the second half to earn the shutout win over the Seahorses back on June 1.

The Outlaws’ current 3-3-2 mark equals its record in 2006, 2007 and 2008, when the team still played in the Western Conference’s Northwest Division.

Ogden has twice held a 4-3-2 record, but has never finished with a winning overall mark, something that Hickman and his team hope will change this season.

On Saturday, Ogden will host the Orange County Blue Star at 6 p.m. at Bonneville High School. The Blue Star carries a 3-2-5 mark into their match with BYU tonight in Provo. The Blue Star defeated the Outlaws 3-1 in the second match of the season.

With 14 points, Orange County currently sits in third place on the Southwest Division table.

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