Sophomore Mario Rodin scored two goals to lead Kirtland to a 6-0 season-opening win at Wellington on Saturday.
Ante Bevanda, Petar Mijic-Barisic, Marko Cubela and Peter Vukovic also added goals in the win.
“We were organized defensively and created numerous, quality chances throughout the game,” said Kirtland coach John Valentic. “Even though Wellington did not threaten often, our goalkeeper and defenders communicated clearly and consistently. They were focused the entire game. Overall, I was happy with everyone’s performance and the effort given.”
Jeremy Lunka led the Hornets with two assists while Josip Mijic-Barisic, Cubela, Vokovic and Rodin each had one.
Tyler Banyasz recorded three saves in goal as the Hornets outshot Wellington, 16-5.
Rodin scored his first career goals after injuries limited his opportunities last year during his freshman season.
“It felt fantastic,” Rodin said. “I had missed opportunities last year but to score two goals in the first game of the season was very exciting.”
Lunka fed Rodin at the top of the box on his first goal and he beat the goal for a high ball on the second.
The win—and the two-goal performance—has Rodin and his teammates heading into game two with a lot of confidence.
“It boosts our confidence going into the season, but we have a tough schedule ahead of us,” Rodin said.