Jenna Sayle and Erika Zschuppe scored second half goals to lead Kirtland to a 2-1 win over visiting Rocky River on Monday.
“Lidia kicked a great corner and it landed just beyond the front post in front of the goal,” Sayle said. “Maya (Zovko) was able to put a body on it and the ball bounced straight up then I ran in and got a foot on it to get it into the goal. Our team is happy with our performance against such a good opponent and excited to see what the season brings.”
The Hornets avenged their 2-1 loss at Rocky River last season.
“The win tonight is directly attributed to our work ethic both on and off of the field,” said Kirtland coach Ed Bradac. “Our practices prepare us for our games and that is a credit to our non-starters who challenge our starters every time we step on the field.”
Rocky River took a 1-0 lead in the 26th minute and maintained that advantage 12 minutes into the second half.
That’s when Sayle finished off a Lidia Rodin corner kick to tie the game at 1-1.
Freshman Erika Zschuppe scored her second goal in as many games off a free kick from 25 yards out to give the Hornets a 2-1 lead with 15 minutes left in the game.
Rocky River finished the 2017 season with a 15-4 record and advanced to a Division II district championship game.