Huskies settle for draw at Garfield Heights

Zane Drebus

Dom DeCaro and Zane Drebus both scored goals but Cardinal settled for a 2-2 draw at Garfield Heights on Thursday.

The tie snapped Cardinal’s five-game losing skid.

“We played inconsistently all night,” said Cardinal coach Mike Topalian. “We couldn’t sustain any possession. We tried to play through four injuries but it really kept us from any type of controlled passing game. I’m proud of those who continue to play through these challenges.”

Both goals were unassisted.

Senior captain Austin Miller recorded eight saves in goal.

“It feels great to take a tie after being on a losing streak but in all honesty, we should have won the game,” Miller said. “Being up 1-0 at the half, hats off to them to bringing it back to 2-1, but there were a few miscommunication errors that gave up two goals. Luckily, captain Zane Drebus came in clutch with a beautiful shot to bring it back to 2-2.”

Cardinal has played most of the season with just 11 or 12 players, forcing inexperienced freshmen into the varsity roster.

“These freshmen are resilient,” Miller said. “(The seniors) have gotten to know all the underclassmen well, being such a small team. I think all of us know how hard we work and we want to work harder for each other so even when things aren’t going very good, we stick together and no one specific person gets blamed. It’s all a team effort.”

For Miller, the scoreboard doesn’t always show it, but he’s among the top keepers in the Chagrin Valley Conference.

The Huskies have allowed 27 goals in eight games but Miller continues to set an example for his teammates.

“What keeps me going is that I will never let a teammate down because of effort,” he said. “Every time I step on that field, it’s 110-percent effort. To truly be a team you have to be selfless and do what is needed for the team, not for yourself. Even when the score doesn’t show it, I know my teammates are giving me 110-percent effort.”

Cardinal travels to Garrettsville Garfield on Saturday.

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