Article courtesy of the News Herald, 8-23-17
With the 2017 season just underway, both Allen Park Cabrini and Flat Rock are gradually figuring out the type of teams they are fielding this fall.
On Tuesday the two squads went head to head in a non-league battle at Flat Rock.
Despite being undermanned, the host Rams (1-1) were able to hang with the visiting Monarchs (2-1) for 80 minutes. But it was Cabrini, led by a hat trick from Camden Brzys, which edged out a 4-3 victory.
The Rams got on the board first with a goal from Joe Sturgeon. Then it was Brzys potting his first of three goals as the equalizer in the first half. The 1-1 tie held all the way to halftime.
Cabrini kicked off the scoring in the second half, as Brzys broke the 1-1 tie and he was followed shortly thereafter with a goal form teammate Casey Smith.
Ball possession was heavily in favor of the Monarchs all afternoon, which is something that coach Taleb Karaouni has emphasized since taking over last year at Cabrini.
“Possession of the ball was big for us, we controlled much of the game,” he said.
Flat Rock cut the deficit down to one with a goal from Zalan Salaman.
But Brzys ultimately capped off his hat trick and put the visitors up 4-2 with what proved to be the game-winner.
Flat Rock did answer right back, thanks to a quick goal from Nate Salazar, and cut the deficit back to one.
The Rams had a few prime chances to tie it late in the waning minutes, but couldn’t quite cash in.
First-year coach Chris Kincaide was pleased with the overall effort from his players and acknowledged that the team would have had a better chance to win at full strength.
“There were a couple defensive letdowns at times, but that is going to happen when you’re missing guys,” Kincaide said. “Other than that I think it was a good. Cabrini had good players. If we had a few more players, I think we could have pulled it out.”
“Huron League is going to be tough again this year,” Kincaide said. “I think we’ll be able to compete for a win in most games. We’re pretty young. There’s only four seniors, but I think we’ll be okay.”
Like Kincaide and the Rams, Karaouni and the Monarchs are also dealing with a lot of roster turnover. A total of 13 players from last year graduated in June.
“There’s only five guys remaining from our team a year ago,” Karaouni said. “They are still fighting the system we have in place. Defensively, we still need to get better. We’ve had to switch positions because of the personnel change.”
“Are we going to get better as a team? Yes. But it’s mostly on them to finish the product. It’s going to be wild and a work in progress. We have talented players; it’s a very good team.”
Cabrini will be at Monroe on Thursday and the Rams will head to Wyandotte Roosevelt the same day.
Other players who the Monarchs will look to this year are: Nick Ballas, Declan Maloney, Daniel Misovich, Tyler Schindoff, Tim Gordan, Ben Briege, Bobby O’Guin, Austin Molina, Alex Teed, Jackson Kamen, Brian Griefenberg, Jared Miller and Jimmy Fister.