Josip Mijic-Barisic’s goals midway through the first half gave Kirtland an early over host Gilmour Academy and the Hornets had no plans of letting the Lancers back into the game.
Kirtland switched to a defensive strategy and it paid off in the form of a 1-0 win and a third straight shutout in as many games this season.
“We went very defensive to finish out the half,” said Kirtland coach John Valentic. “In the second half, we looked to be aggressive at the beginning and played with three forwards but couldn’t really generate anything, so we reverted to another defensive formation and hoped to counter.”
Josip Mijic-Barisic scored the only goal of the game off an assist from Jeremy Lunka. The goal was the first of the season for Mijic-Barisic while Lunka recorded his fourth assist.
Tyler Banyasz had two saves in collecting his third straight clean sheet.
“Our defense was excellent,” Valentic said. “(Kyle) Lutz, (Dean) Springer, (Bartul) Petric, (John) Raguz, (Paul) Kosem and (Ethan) Garcia were excellent in marking, tackling and positioning. Gilmour only had three shots on target as a result. That’s three games, three wins and three shutouts; I couldn’t be happier for the team and their efforts thus far.”
The Hornets will play a non-conference game at Lutheran West on Aug. 27 then travel to Wickliffe for a Chagrin Valley Conference showdown on Aug. 28.