Most of the time in a tie game there are good and bad things that happen for both teams – and that was the case Thursday afternoon when Gabriel Richard and host Cabrini played to a 3-3 draw in a Catholic League boys’ soccer match.
While the game was played mostly accompanied by raindrops there were bright spots from both sides. It was a well-played game with two teams that played hard from start to finish.
The Monarchs though were left wondering “what if” after missing three or four quality scoring chances in the first half, especially a couple in the first 10 minutes. Missed opportunities often come back to hurt and the Monarchs were left feeling a little sore with the result.
“We missed some great chances early in the game,” said Cabrini Coach Taleb Karaouni, now in his second season with the Monarchs. “I thought we started how we wanted to and really controlled the ball but couldn’t finish around the net.”
The Monarchs lost 12 players from last year’s outstanding team and had three players injured on Thursday, leaving them with just 13 players.
“I thought we got a little tired in the second half,” Karaouni said. “Give them credit though. They are a good team and they were more aggressive in the second half.”
Camden Brzys scored all three goals for the home team. He now has a team-best 15 goals on the season.
“He is quick and aggressive and is very difficult to cover,” Karaouni said.
Cabrini is now 4-3-0 overall and 0-1-1 in the league.
The Pioneers (4-0-1) were coming off an impressive win on Tuesday at Ann Arbor Father Gabriel Richard.
“We are playing really well,” said Richard Coach John Mertic. “Winning that game at their place (AA Richard) was a nice win for us.”
Mertic said his team still has some things to work on but was glad to see his team come back after falling behind 2-0 to Cabrini.
Brzys scored at 12:27 in the first half and again at 1:57 to give the hosts a 2-0 lead in the pouring rain.
With 1:27 left in the first half, Richard’s Andrew Szczehowski scored with an assist from Steven Augustyniak to cut the deficit in half.
Augustyniak netted the tying goal at 31:58 of the second half.
Comorski then converted a penalty kick at 29:12 to give the Pioneers a 3-2 lead.
But with 21:56 left in the game, Brzys tied the game with his third of the game.