Cheyenne Mountain hasn't been scoring as many goals as it's used to lately, but that's just fine with the Indians, because the wins keep racking up.
The No. 3-seeded Indians hosted No. 14 Montrose on Tuesday in the second round of the 4A state playoffs, and walked away with a 2-0 win. But the score didn't indicate the dominance the home team showed.
"I'm extremely happy with the way this team is playing right now, because they are so disciplined and they didn't force things," Cheyenne Mountain coach Tomas Martinez said of his players. "We're doing everything we want to do, and I know it may not be reflected in a 2-0 score, but I don't care what the score is as long as we win."
The Indians have seen soccer's version of the prevent defense a lot, where the opposition drops its players into the defensive zone and tries to clog things and make scoring difficult. Much like its 3-0 first-round win over Pueblo South, Cheyenne Mountain showed patience and struck when the time was right.
It took only 11 minutes for Sean Halverson to score the eventual game-winner, when he found himself in the right spot for a rebound and didn't miss.
"Scoring the first goal is always huge in the playoffs, and it's pretty simple because if you score and the other team doesn't, you win," Halverson said. "We kept control of the ball, and that's Cheyenne Mountain soccer."
The "not letting the other team score" formula has obviously worked lately for the Indians.
In its last six games, Cheyenne Mountain has outscored opponents 18-0, and it hasn't allowed a goal since Oct. 3.
Montrose mustered just two shots on goal in 80 minutes and never really had a legitimate scoring chance.
"We were so strong defensively that they didn't even get to test our keeper," said Cheyenne Mountain forward Christian Nehme, who scored the game's second goal with 2:58 left in the second half. "Offensively we played our game; I feel like nobody can take us out of our game and we're always in control."
Cheyenne Mountain had a 23-2 advantage in shots on goal.
Cheyenne Mountain will host No. 22 Centaurus - penalty kick winners over Denver South.
Martinez says his squad isn't taking any team lightly based on its seed, and he hopes for a windfall of goals soon.
"Hopefully we're saving all our goals for later and we can get the flood gates opened up here soon," he said. "This team is always focused on the task at hand, and we'll be ready for whoever comes here in the quarters."