PLEASANT GROVE — Dave Woolley wants to see his team play big in important matches. Mountain View did just that Thursday, bouncing back from its first loss of the season — last week to Lone Peak — to come up big in a 3-0 blanking of Pleasant Grove.
The game had great implications in determining the playoff seeding for the 4A state tournament in May. Both teams were tied for second with a 3-1 record. Now the Bruins sit in second place with a shot at catching first place Lone Peak. Pleasant Grove dropped to third place in Region 7.
"We want to get ready for bigger games this year," Woolley said. "Pleasant Grove and Lone Peak are going to be big matches for us."
Although Mountain View won, the game wasn't a true indication of the two teams' abilities. Throughout the 80 minutes, wind gusts sent kicks sailing in directions players had not intended.
Facing the wind in the first half, Mountain View didn't send any balls into the back of the net. But they came close to scoring several times throughout the half, especially in the final 20 minutes.
"We always want the wind in the first half, because you don't know what can happen in the second half," Woolley said. "I was pleased with the boys' efforts in the first half while they were facing the wind. They hit a bunch of balls that were easy to intercept, and they didn't lose their heads."
With the wind blowing in their favor in the second half, Mountain View didn't waste anytime in scoring.
In the 43rd minute, Cameron Burr headed a corner kick into the right corner of the net on a pass from Tyson Firmage.
"That was a pretty little corner kick," Woolley said. "Thank heavens there was no wind, because he can bend those perfectly."
In the final 10 minutes of the game, the Bruins added two goals to seal the road win. James Jaramillo curled a kick from the left side of the 18-yard box into the right corner of the net to extend the Bruins' lead to 2-0 in the 71st minute. On Jaramillo's kick, the ball took a bounce in front of Pleasant Grove goalie Joey Webb before rolling into the net.
"He's got a very nice bend," Woolley said. "James plays on the same ODP team as Joey. He knows sometimes he has a hard time moving his feet on big balls."
Woolley also said that Jaramillo did a good job of getting the team organized in the field.
Three minutes after Jaramillo's goal, Jason Clayson tallied a goal on a follow-up attempt to give Mountain View its 3-0 lead.
Pleasant Grove doesn't have any time to dwell on the loss. On Tuesday, they play at No.1 Lone Peak. The Vikings fell to the Knights earlier, 1-0.
"We don't have time to sit and think about this," Pleasant Grove coach Erik Bayles said.
In other games Thursday:
VIEWMONT 1, DAVIS 1 (2OT): Davis goalie Tim Wiser played a spectacular game to preserve a tie between the rivals. Viewmont maintains its two-point lead over the Darts for second-place in the region.
WEBER 2, NORTHRIDGE 1:Skyler Campbell fired home the winning goal for Weber in the second half as it hung on for the narrow victory.
LONE PEAK 4, TIMPANOGOS 0: Lone Peak utilized four different scorers in a muddy win over Timpanogos. Taylor Payne earned the shutout as goal keeper.
TOOELE 2, MORGAN 1:Manny Herrera's second-half shot that took a deflection into goal lifted Tooele over the Trojans. Hayden Farley was outstanding in goal for the Buffaloes.
LAYTON CHRISTIAN 6, INTERMOUNTAIN CHRISTIAN 1:Jerrell Stewart ande Gustavo Ruiz each tallied two goals for the Eagles as they remained undefeated.
WEST RIDGE ACADEMY 3, DUGWAY 1: David Gamett, Brett Goodman, and Parker England each scored for West Ridge in its region win over the Mustangs.