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Mustangs battle Cardinals to scoreless draw

Scott Dorman led Stevenson in shots in a draw against Catholic.

Scott Dorman led Stevenson in shots in a draw against Catholic.

It’s been a growing process for the Stevenson Mustangs during their first year under new head coach Andrew Bordelon, but clearly, they are trending upward. Their first seven games resulted in six losses and one draw. But their last six games now, have resulted in a 3-1-2 record.

On Wednesday, Stevenson battled Catholic to a scoreless draw. They still have to work on finishing scoring opportunities they create, but they make the mistakes they were making in the beginning of the season that led to easy goals for their opponents.

“I’m very proud of the guys and how we have come,” head coach Andrew Bordelon said. “When we take a step back and realize five of the last six matched we played well and I think we’re getting there. I think the biggest thing is that now we have confidence and I think early in the season we were lacking confidence and maybe a little bit of a team culture and now we’re starting to see that.”

Though Catholic outshot Stevenson 7-2 in the first half, the Mustangs picked things up in the second half, but while they were unable to get a goal, senior goalkeeper Michael Tringali prevented Catholic from getting one either.

Tringali finished the game with seven saves, raising his season total to 94. He is just six shy of becoming just the sixth goalkeeper in program history to earn 10 saves in a season.

“We try to make him make the saves that he’s comfortable with, shots from outside the 18,” Bordelon said. “Today he had to come up big again in situations we didn’t want to put him in, but he came up big for us.”

Stevenson’s first great attempt in the second half came in just the 47th minute when Colin Horne got free for a close-range shot in the box. Scott Dorman then had a shot from the top of the box 20 minutes later, but both were saved. Cardinals goalkeeper Zachery Tashjy made his third save of the second half in the 86th minute when Dorman ripped another shot.

“I was very pleased with the quality of chances we created. We didn’t put them in, which is something we need to do, but the chances we created is something we need to be proud about today,” Bordelon said.

While Catholic was a non-conference opponent, the Mustangs will continue their home stand with three consecutive conference games. The first one will be on Saturday at 4 pm against Arcadia. Stevenson is currently 2-1 in MACC play.

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