The last time we checked on the Stevens boys soccer team, they had reclaimed the coveted Bernard Cup with a 3-0 victory over rival Fall Mountain. So Thursday, with its win streak now up to five games, Mike Pezone stopped by Monadnock park to see how the Cardinals would fare against a Mascenic team that hadn’t lost since September 11.
And while it was the Vikings who tested Stevens goaltender Tanner Durkee with the game’s first two shots on goal, it was the home team that proved most up to the challenge, hustling its way to a 2-0 victory behind a pair of first-half goals.
Ethan Sweet started things off for the Cardinals when he slid this soft shot past a charing Mascenic keeper to put his team ahead 1-0 less than six minutes after the opening whistle. Then, some 30 minutes later, it was Sweet again on a perfectly-executed give-and-go with Drew Grenier, who finished off this scrum in front of the net with the game’s second and final goal. T
he Vikings thought they had tied things up earlier in the half on this shot off an indirect kick, but contact in the box prior to the shot negated the score, and kept Durkee’s shutout in tact.
Both teams had opportunities in the second half, but couldn’t complete their scoring chances. Mike spoke with Stevens coach Jason Stone after the game, who talked about his team’s mindset heading into the matchup.
The Cardinals will try and improve to 9-1 tomorrow when they travel to face Fall Mountain.