Bordelon directs confident Blue Jays into Sweet 16

Reaching the Sweet 16 at two different schools, at two different levels, in two different positions hasn’t been all that different for Andrew Bordelon.

As a player, Bordelon was part of a Drury University team that got there in the 2009 NCAA Division II tournament. Now, as a first-year head coach, Bordelon is at the helm of a Westminster men’s soccer team that is there for the first time in school history.

Both achievements come down to confidence.

“Personally — as a player — I went in extremely confident in my own abilities, but as a coach, I’m very confident in my players’ abilities and they’ve shown over these last 15 or 16 games what they can accomplish, what they can do and who they can play with,” Bordelon said Tuesday.

The Blue Jays (13-8-1) play the sixth-ranked Loras (Iowa) College Duhawks in a Division III sectional game at 5 p.m. Saturday in Dubuque, Iowa. The winner will play either Trinity (Texas) University (20-2-1) or Wartburg (Iowa) College (17-4-2) at 6 p.m. Sunday for a spot in the national semifinals.

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