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    Jordan Ianiro, Luke Sabbath and Jared Ianiro scored goals to lead Kirtland to a 3-0 win over Brooklyn on Thursday in the Hornets’ final tune-up for Tuesday’s Chagrin Valley Conference showdown with Beachwood.

    It was the sixth straight win for the Hornets, who improved to 8-1-3.

    “Think we possessed well and we finally got wide,” said Kirtland coach John Valentic. “We were playing the ball wide and created some chances that way. Teams know about us now and they’re packing it in, which makes it difficult to score. We got some crosses in and got some chances that way.”

    Jordan Ianiro gave the Hornets a 1-0 halftime lead when he took a pass from Brad Hauptman and beat the Brooklyn goalie to the net.

    “It was a breakaway,” Valentic said. “We defended a set piece and Brad Hauptman gave him a perfect pass. It was one-on-one with the goalie and he took it home.”

    Sabbath made it 2-0 early in the second half and Jared Ianiro closed out the scoring for the Hornets.

    “Jared’s was off a throw in,” Valentic said. “He dribbled around two players and hit a left-footed shot around the keeper that I don’t think the keeper even saw.”

    Tommy Loncar recorded just two saves in the game as the defense in front of him shut down the Brooklyn attack.

    “They only had one shot on goal in the second half and that was in the last five minutes of the game,” Valentic said. “We were organized and smart on defense. We denied them any real chances.”

    The Hornets host Beachwood on Tuesday in a game that could decide which team wins the league title. The Bison edged the Hornets for the title last season but Kirtland avenged the regular season loss with a win in the post-season.

    “Beachwood is crucial for the conference,” Valentic said. “Everybody knows what’s at stake. I hope they’re ready for it.”
     

    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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