COSTA MESA — Coach Doug Nichols can count the number of goals his Carden Hall Elementary girls' soccer teams have allowed the past two years at Daily Pilot Cup on two fingers.
This year, Nichols can just use his fingers to form a big zero.
No team scored on Carden Hall in the tournament. The Eagles turned in a dominant performance on defense.
The Eagles capped their run Sunday by shutting out Pegasus, 2-0, to defend their fifth- and sixth-grade gold division title at the Costa Mesa Farm Complex.
In five matches, Carden Hall outscored the opposition, 16-0. Getting quality shots off on the defense was difficult. When Pegasus managed a shot on goal in the second half, goalkeeper Hunter Gantos said she felt nervous.
She did not want the Eagles' shutout streak to end in the biggest match.
Most of the Eagles had been on this championship stage before, last year in the fifth- and sixth-grade gold division and two years ago in the third- and fourth-grade gold division. The experience catapulted Carden Hall to the top for a third straight year.