Saturday, December 3

    Kirtland blanks Lakeside

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    For the fourth time in five games, Kirtland held its opponent scoreless as the Hornets blanked visiting Lakeside on Tuesday, 7-0.

    Despite playing shorthanded, the fourth-ranked Hornets had four different players score goals in improving to 4-0-1 on the year.

    “Peter Vukovic and Evan Dures sat out of today’s game with injuries so it forced us to play some younger players and try some others in positions they haven’t played before,” said Kirtland coach John Valentic. “Overall, it was a decent team performance with special mention to Austin Leland who led the team with two goals and two assists.”

    Marco Valentic and Jason de Zwaan both also recorded two goals in the win and Anand Sundararajan scored one. Valentic, de Zwaan, Sundararajan, and Vince Carriero each assisted on a goal.

    Anthony Svigel and Jack Green combined to hold the Dragons scoreless but neither recorded a save.

    Instead, Kirtland’s midfield controlled possession and prevented the Dragons from mounting an attack.

    Despite the lack of activity, Svigel’s confidence as a first-year starter is growing.

    “Keeping a clean sheet always builds my confidence but I feel like it also builds trust in the whole team that the defense can stay focused the whole game,” he said. “A key development as a keeper this season is always giving it 100-percent in practice and training outside of practice. Also having previous experience as a keeper helps a lot.”

    The Hornets travel to Riverside on Thursday.

    Steve Hare
    The creator and publisher of, 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, a member of the network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. was created in 2004 and was a member of the 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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