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McCarron’s first goal give Mustangs first win

Senior Logan McCarron's first career goal was a game-winner in overtime to give the Mustangs their victory victory of the 2015 season.

Senior Logan McCarron’s first career goal was a game-winner in overtime to give the Mustangs their victory victory of the 2015 season.

It’s hard to ask for a more meaningful first collegiate goal than the one senior midfielder Logan McCarron scored against Gwynedd Mercy. With time ticking down in a second overtime and the scored knotted up at 2-2, McCarron found space in the middle of the defense at the top of the box, collected a pass from freshman Kevin Benitez and put the ball in the goal to have the Mustangs their first victory of the season with the 3-2 final.

Scoring goals has not been a problem for the Mustangs this year, who in three games have six goals already. Their issues have been on the defensive end of the field. Against Gwynedd Mercy they did allow two goals but overall they limited the Griffins good attempts, but mostly by maintaining possession and keeping the ball away from their opponent.

Stevenson out-shot their opponents 37-7 on Sunday afternoon and more than doubled their five shots on goal with 13 in the 119 minute game.

Most of that, though, came in the second half. The first half of the game was pretty even between the two teams with the Griffins taking the 1-0 advantage into the break. In the 20th minute Mustang goalkeeper Michael Tringail attempted to clear the ball but Rich Mychack slid in front, blocked the clear and put the close shot attempt into the net.

Just a few minutes later Gwynedd Mercy nearly doubled their lead off a header by Kyle Ditsche, but Tringali made up for the failed clear and came up with a save.

Stevenson’s best chance in the first hald came in the 27th minute when freshman Iliyas Mirza lofted a corner kick into the box and found the head of sophomore Thomas Taylor. However, despite the ball going past goalkeeper Matt Chilcote, the Griffins defense were able to clear the ball off the line.

The Mustangs settled in more in the second half. In the 63rd minute McCarron helped get Stevenson on the board when he played a ball through the middle of the opposing team’s back line to Zachary Martin. Martin netted a goal in his second-straight game to tie the contest.

With time winding down in regulation Danny Saba put the Griffins ahead when his shot from the top of the box went in the back of the net in the 87th minute.

But while it appeared that the Mustangs were headed to a third-straight loss to begin their season Dorman Scott took a pass from Mirza and scored his first goal of the year with just seconds remaining before the final whistle to force overtime.

Stevenson had plenty of opportunities to close out the game in the first overtime period, blasting off 10 shots, but it was not until the second overtime period when McCarron clinched his team their first win of the year.

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