OGDEN — The defending 3-A girls soccer champion Ogden Tigers have won each of their first three games to open the season.
That fact may not be news to opposing teams, considering the Tigers lost just twice last season. But what may give the opposition pause is that Ogden coach Jason Steiner says the Tigers have won those games despite not being particularly close to hitting their stride.
Bolstered by two goals from Kiley Porter, the Tigers beat the St. Joseph Jayhawks 2-0 Wednesday evening at St. Joseph High School.
Forgive Steiner for not being satisfied, however, even though the win came against St. Joseph, which played in last year’s 2-A championship game and was one of the two teams to beat the Tigers a year ago.
“We’ve won a couple games where we haven’t played well,” Steiner said. “Our defense played a lot better today, more organized. We still have a lot to work on, but it was a better performance. I’m still not happy yet, but it’s a work in progress.”
The Tigers took the lead with Porter’s first goal in the 25th minute, a powerful blast that lofted just above the Jayhawks goalkeeper’s outstretched hands.
Porter added another goal in the 53rd minute, her third of the season, to give the Tigers enough cushion to hang on for the win.
“It was awesome, but I obviously couldn’t do it without my team,” Porter said. “I just have to give everything to my coaches and the team. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to score at all.”
Neither team had an abundance of scoring chances, and the Jayhawks, in particular, struggled to get good looks. Steiner chalked up the Jayhawks offensive struggles to the work of his defense, which was the team’s cornerstone during last year’s title run.
“The last two games, Kelsey East (goalkeeper) has had to keep the lead for us,” Steiner said. “Today, she didn’t have to do that, luckily.”
St. Joseph, which started several sophomores and freshmen in the match, dropped to 1-1 with the loss. The Jayhawks beat Bear River in their first game of the season.
• BEN LOMOND 8, UINTAH 1: At Ogden, the Scots improved to 4-1 with a win.
Kenzie Abbott scored a hat trick, Baylee Roche added a pair and Sami Rodriguez, Rylee Kiernan and Kali Moss added scores for Ben Lomond.
Katie Henderson scored a second-half goal for the Utes.
• SKY VIEW 5, MORGAN 0: At Smithfield, the Trojans hung around at the break, trailing 1-0, but the Bobcats blew it open in the second half, scoring four more goals, including two by McKenley Hellstern .
• SKY VIEW DEF. WEBER 27-25, 25-11, 25-15: At Pleasant View, the Bobcats begain their 2012 season with a straight-sets victory over the 5-A Warriors on the road.
• COACHES REMINDER: Varsity coaches are encouraged to report the results of their games by calling 801-625-4261 or emailing information to email@example.com