The only thing stronger than the Colorado College defense was the 40-mph wind gusts during the women's soccer game.
The Tigers battled through tough conditions to grind out a 3-0 league win over visiting Florida International on Friday at Stewart Field to extend their winning streak to six games, all by shutout.
The six shutouts tie the program record set when the 1987 team did not surrender a goal in its first six games.
"We came out directing play and looking to finish things off early," said sophomore midfielder Sarah Schweiss, who assisted the opening goal by Katie Uyenishi and banged in the third. "Our defense is a rock."
That defense has been strong all season for the Tigers (8-3, 3-0 Conference USA) as they try to defend their regular-season title.
CC has allowed only six goals, including a penalty shot, this season. Sophomore goalkeeper Kate Scheele has not allowed a goal since a 3-1 loss to Marquette on Sept. 8 and has eight shutouts this season.
"Our goalkeeper and back line have been good all year," Tigers coach Geoff Bennett said. "We have a lot of players playing well for us. Hopefully we can keep that going and keep this streak alive."
FIU (3-8, 1-2) managed only three shots on goal since CC controlled the ball for much of the game. The play of the Tigers' midfield was critical.
"You have to have that kind of support coming back when you have three in back," Bennett said.
The Tigers generated several good scoring opportunities.
CC took a 1-0 lead when Uyenishi headed in a free kick by Schweiss. Junior Jessie Ayers fired a shot in off the post for a 2-0 lead seven minutes into the second half. Three minutes later, another CC shot caromed off the other post.
The final score came with 23:42 remaining when Schweiss knocked in a rebound after one of FIU goalkeeper Paula Zuluaga's eight saves.
Ayers and Schweiss lead the Tigers, who host North Texas on Sunday, with five goals apiece.
"There are always things we can do better," said Schweiss, who also has two assists. "We are just trying to improve each game and be better against North Texas."