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    First win worth the wait for Hornets

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    Evan Dures and Jason de Zwaan each recorded a hat trick as Kirtland opened the season with an 8-0 win over host Geneva on Tuesday.

    The Hornets were scheduled to open the season at North on Aug. 13 but a thunderstorm wiped out that contest.

    “We haven’t played since a scrimmage on August 4, so that’s 17 or 18 days, and as usual, there were some nerves and the guys were excited so the first couple of minutes were ragged but once the game got going we did some really nice things offensively and moving the ball well,” said Kirtland coach John Valentic. “Obviously eight goals, that doesn’t happen by luck.”

    Peter Vukovic added a pair of goals in the win.

    Marco Valentic led Kirtland with three assists while Vukovic finished with a pair. Vince Carriero, Vincent Vukovic, and Dures each contributed one assist.

    “There are a couple of things we need to do out of the back in our movement and passing, but I’m nit-picking,” Valentic said of his team’s offensive performance. “It was a great first game and an important game because they’re in our conference. That was a great way to start the season.”

    Anthony Svigel recorded just one save in notching his first clean sheet of his career.

    Svigel played center back the past two seasons but stepped up to protect the net this season.

    “We’re going to try to use him as an extra sweeper-keeper kind of thing,” Valentic said. “We’re going to try to do some different things we haven’t been able to do in the past.”

    Kirtland travels to Perry on Thursday.

    Steve Harehttps://www.ohiovarsity.com
    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.

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