Notebook: Lone Peak's net inpenetrable

The Knights have kept their sheet clean so far.
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Scoring goals against Lone Peak hasn't exactly been an easy task in recent years.

But this year it's been impossible. Literally.

The Knights have blanked their first three opponents, outscoring Orem, Timpview and Brighton 5-0 en route to a 2-0-1 start through Monday.

Lone Peak's approach has been somewhat unconventional, using a goalkeeping tandem of seniors to stifle opposing offenses.

Sara Boley and Julia Vaughan have each emerged unscathed and unscored-upon.

"They're both amazing keepers," Lone Peak coach Heather Dahl said. "They just work and train each other and push each other. They're both great leaders, being seniors.

"They have different strengths. Julie's a little more quiet. Boley likes to talk to everybody out on the field. They're great in the air, with breakaways. They're good all-around keepers."

The early success isn't the goalkeepers' alone. The Knights' back line is anchored by juniors Catie Richie, Wesley Hamblin and Caitlin Wadley, and senior Savannah McGrath.

The Knights' fairly young roster — about half the team is new this season — is being tested early by a difficult schedule.

In addition to traditional Class 5A power Brighton, the Knights play Class 3A power Juan Diego this week, and get Viewmont, last year's 5A runner-up, next week to close non-region play.

"We have an extremely difficult schedule," Dahl said. " I just have to expose them to the level of play, the different teams and try to get some of that experience under their belt before we get to our conference."

Miner achievement

Bingham's two victories in the first week of the season matched its win total from 2011.

Under new coach Jenni Clough, the Miners opened the season with an overtime victory against Timpanogos, and a shutout victory against Hillcrest. Senior Carla Swenson scored in each game, doubling her goal total from a season ago.

Bingham started the season 2-0 for the first time since the 2003 season. That year, the Miners finished 15-4-1 and won a state title.

Tough top to bottom

Region 4 soccer teams combined to go 12-0 during the first week of the season. Led by Pleasant Grove's 3-0 start, the six teams combined to outscore opponents 44-8 in Week 1.