Hornets close conference schedule with win over Cuyahoga Heights

Kirtland Boys Soccer

Jeremy Lunka scored three goals and Evan Dures and Marko Cubela each finished with two in Kirtland’s 9-1 win over visiting Cuyahoga Heights on Tuesday.

With the win, the Hornets improved to 9-3-1 overall and closed out Chagrin Valley Conference Valley Division play with a 5-1-1 mark.

“It was a good way to close out the conference schedule,” said Kirtland coach John Valentic. “Everyone got to play and to contribute. Cuyahoga Heights is a young team and we were coming off a tie yesterday in which we did not play well, so we were eager to get back on track. We still need to be better.”

Lunka took advantage of Kirtland’s dominant possession to score his three goals.

“Our possession as a team was great throughout the match,” Lunka said. “We kept the ball in their half for most of the game and because of that, we had numerous scoring opportunities. My goals were just a result of this team effort.”

Peter Vukovic and Ethan Garcia also scored for the Hornets while Paul Kosem, Mario Rodin, Nathan Cardon, Lunka and Garcia finished with an assist.

Tyler Banyasz recorded three saves in goal for the Hornets.

Kirtland has three remaining regular season games and then the Hornets will set their sights on a deep postseason run.

“I think we can make it far in the postseason if we have a good mentality and heart going forward,” Lunka said. “We have a few things we need to work on as a team that we will hopefully fix by the end of the season.”