Four different players scored goals to lead Cardinal to a 7-3 win over Cuyahoga Heights on Tuesday. With a 7-2 win over Grand Valley on Saturday, the Huskies won back-to-back games for the first time this season.
“We’re starting to put it all together,” said Cardinal head coach Dale Holcomb. “We’re playing a little more aggressively. We’re still opening up the middle a little bit and we have to stop doing that, but we’re putting it all together and doing a lot of things right. Our passing is looking good and we’re winning most of the 50-50 balls. Overall, it’s coming together. I hope it’s not too little too late.”
The Huskies improved to 4-10-1 overall and 2-4 in Chagrin Valley Conference play. They close out the regular season with a home game on Thursday against Tallmadge and open the postseason at Wickliffe on Tuesday. Wickliffe beat Cardinal, 3-0, in a regular season game.
“(The postseason) depends on which team shows up,” Holcomb said. “If the team that has been playing extremely hard and working hard shows up we’ll give Wickliffe a run for their money. If we get the team that makes a lot of mistakes shows up, then who knows what will happen.”
There’s no doubt which team showed up on Tuesday against Cuyahoga Heights.
John Canterbury and Ian Mast both scored a pair of goals and Trent Mast and Jacob Revak each netted one goal against the Redskins. Brandon Wicks had three assists and Anderson and Revak both had one.
Even the defense was solid.
Two of Cuyahoga Heights’ goals came off penalty kicks.
“We were a little too aggressive in the box,” Holcomb said. “Evan (List) guessed right but he just couldn’t get to the ball. They were perfectly placed, both of them.”
List ended the game with two saves.