MOUNTAIN VIEW -- Even when the Mountain View boys soccer team doesn't score in bunches, it isn't for lack of trying.
As a steady rain and wind whipped around the team's field on a recent afternoon, the Spartans hit the post not once but twice.
They also were stopped on a breakaway. A potential four-goal outburst ended with a 2-1 loss to rival Los Altos.
But as Mountain View aims for a fourth consecutive Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division title -- and fifth division title in a row overall -- it's clear that bad luck usually isn't on its side.
The Spartans are one of the Central Coast Section's top scoring teams, having found the net 39 times in 15 games. Guillermo Burger has scored 10 goals and assisted on 12. Brad Bumgarner has 10 goals and 10 assists.
They are the leading scorers on a team that sits near the top of the De Anza standings with five games to play and will most likely be a factor again in the section playoffs.
The Spartans reached the CCS Division I final two years ago, losing to Bellarmine College Prep 3-2 in overtime. They were beaten in the semifinals last season, falling 3-0 to Watsonville.
Mountain View returned only three starters from last season, but it has continued to flourish behind the likes of Burger, Bumgarner and midfielder Gabe Quintela, a team captain who missed the Los Altos game because of a strained calf.
"We've definitely been good and the goal of this team
The Spartans (10-2-3, 4-1-2) aren't a physical team, choosing instead to play an open brand of soccer.
Their style has generated an offense that has produced at least a goal in every game but one -- a 1-0 loss to Serra in late December.
"We like to move it around and try to get it to our players up top," coach Jim McGuirk said.
When that happens, Mountain View has done a good job putting pressure on the goalkeeper. In addition to contributions from Burger and Bumgarner, the Spartans have gotten five goals and eight assists from Chris Barnes.
"We definitely have a lot of potential," Quintela said. "We have great forwards, and it's just a matter of cleaning up the midfield a little bit and finding that transition from the back to the front."
Bumgarner, a junior, said he is "very surprised" the team has scored so many goals, given the talent it lost from last season. But he said the expectations for the program remain high despite the challenges.
"This league is going to be very hard for us to win," Bumgarner said. "It's definitely going to be a lot of determination."
After the loss to Los Altos on Jan. 9, Mountain View scored 10 goals in its next four games, beating Santa Clara, Homestead and Los Gatos and tying Gunn.
Thirteen of the team's goals came in two games. In December, the Spartans scored eight in a shutout victory over San Benito. A month later, they scored five in a shutout win over Saratoga.
"We've been producing," Quintela said. "The idea is to get the ball to three guys up top. That's the strength of our team."
And if the Spartans continue to play to their strength -- and avoid unlucky bounces -- they just might achieve their mission.
"I think the goal," McGuirk said, "is to defend the league championship."