Saturday, September 30, 2023

Huskies in rebuilding mode

Cardinal lost nine seniors from last season leaving the Huskies with a young and inexperienced roster heading into the 2018 season.

On top of that, numbers are down.

“With the loss of nine seniors from last season, the Huskies will be very young and inexperienced,” said fourth-year head coach Mike Topalian. “In addition, we might have one sub if everyone stays healthy. This is truly a rebuilding season in every possible way.”

Cardinal finished 10-7-1 last fall.

It will take a lot of effort and heart for the Huskies to match that success this season.

“The Huskies need to take a long-term approach to this rebuild,” Topalian said. “Our seven freshmen must be patient, work extremely hard and not get frustrated by facing so many experienced, quality opponents.”

Cardinal does return three starters and two other letter winners including senior goalkeeper Austin Miller, a first team All-Chagrin Valley Conference honoree.

“Austin had a terrific junior season in 2017 backed by a very solid defense,” Topalian said. “He will be challenged this. Austin will be under pressure all year.”

Miller’s help will come from defenders Zane Drebus and Eric Scott.

Drebus earned first team All-CVC honors last fall and Scott switched to defense last season.

“Zane is a top CVC defender and will have to lead our extremely inexperienced team in 2018,” Topalian said. “Eric switched to defense in the 2017 season and played admirably down the stretch. He will have to take on a lot of added responsibility this year given our youth and lack of a bench.”

Steve Hare
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. 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.

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