Huskies take strides in win over Lawrence

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Cardinal’s young soccer team has a lot of growing to do but the Huskies took major strides in Thursday’s 7-0 win over Lawrence Academy.

Eric Scott and Dom DeCaro both scored a pair of goals and Zane Drebus, Connor Sodee and Justin Baker each scored one goal in the win.

“We played OK,” said Cardinal coach Mike Topalian. “We hustled but we have a long, long way to go to get back to last year.”

Cardinal’s offense showed signs of maturing.

“They passed the ball around better on the offensive end,” Topalian said. “They’re starting to understand spacing and movement a little bit. After a month and a half of frustrating practices, it was nice to see them enjoying playing.”

Austin Miller recorded two saves in goal as his defense also showed improvement.

“They never really threatened,” Topalian said of Lawrence. “They missed one breakaway wide right. They fullbacks are trying to learn shape and communication. They did hustle and beat Lawrence to lots of balls.

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The creator and publisher of OhioVarsity.com, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for IrishIllustrated.com, a member of the Scout.com network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. OhioVarsity.com was created in 2004 and was a member of the Rivals.com network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.