Cardinal’s girls’ soccer team dropped a 1-0 decision to visiting Garrettsville Garfield on Monday but the Huskies continue to collect moral victories.
In its first year of existence, the program already has picked up its first victory and even played a competitive game against its rival.
The Huskies also have overcome a shortage of players.
“We played Iron Man soccer today with 11 and we even played eight minutes with 10 players in the first half,” said Cardinal co-coach Brian Gallagher. “These girls don’t stop and I am looking forward to having a full team with some subs, hopefully on Monday.”
Adding to the challenge for the Huskies is the absence of starting goalkeeper Anna Avalon, who was injured in a recent game.
Kayla Valentine stepped in to replace her and played well in her debut against Badger on Saturday then recorded 14 saves against Garfield on Monday.
“Kayla gave us opportunities,” Gallagher said. “I pulled Kayla up for the free kicks, even at the 50, and she put them all on goal and gave us a chance every time.”
Mackenzie Conley and Marina Cooper also played well in holding down the back line for the Huskies.
Cardinal hosts Grand Valley on Sept. 23.