Thiago Silva and Brent Whitfield combined to score for the third straight game and Bryan Hill again kept the opposition off the scoreboard as the Ventura County Fusion extended its season-opening winning streak to three matches with a 1-0 win over the Southern California Seahorses Saturday night at Biola University.
The Fusion (3-0) has maximum points through three matches, having scored nine goals and conceded none.
"Not a bad start," said Fusion coach Ole Mikkelson. " What do you think?"
Hill, the Fusion goalkeeper, went the whole way for the club's third straight shutout.
"The clean sheet is probably the thing that I'm really most impressed with," said Mikkelson." We really did knuckle down.
"We had some good scoring chances that we didn't put away and, at halftime, we had to ask the guys to step it up."
Two minutes into the second half, Silva, the creative midfielder, dribbled into space and, as the defense collapsed on him, unleashed a through ball for Whitfield to control atop the 18-yard box.
Whitfield, the reigning Premier Development League Player of the Week, cut across the face of goal and finished a low shot through a defender's legs for his sixth goal in three matches.
In a meeting of the only two Southwestern Division teams to open the season 2-0, the Fusion showed the ability to grind out a result in the second half on the road.
"Those are some important skills to have," said Mikkelson.
Ventura County also improved to 3-0 in U.S. Open Cup competition. A home win over
the Hollywood United Hitman May 28 will see the four-year-old franchise in the nation's oldest soccer competition for the first time, which is one of the season's top goals.
But first, the Fusion look towards a pair of home games this weekend at Buena High, hosting the Seahorses Friday and Fresno Fuego Sunday, May 22.