Kirtland bounced back from its first loss of the season with a dominating 6-0 non-conference win at Chardon.
The Hornets, who improved to 5-1-2, lost to Chagrin Falls, 1-0, on Thursday in a battle of state-ranked teams but didn’t dwell on that loss for long.
“The girls put in a solid performance today,” said acting head coach Ivica Miljak. “It was important for us to bounce back well after suffering our first loss of the season earlier this week against a very good Chagrin Falls team, and we came out today and recorded our first clean sheet and played one of our most complete games of the season. I’m proud of the way the girls responded.”
Erika Zschuppe led the Hornets with two goals and now has 17 on the season. Payton Van Arnhem scored her first goal of the season and Dakota Schaum, Brynn Bradac, and Giuliana Vladic each found the back of the net for the first time this season.
“It was a great team win today and wonderful to see a couple more players notch their first varsity goals,” Miljak said. “Many of the girls are rapidly growing in confidence from game to game, which is great to see. Their contributions will be key as we move into the back half of the season. It’ll be really important to see who will step up to carry some of the scoring burden as we get closer to the postseason.”
Stephanie Drazetic recorded a team-high two assists, her first of the season.
“My two assists came mostly from my teammates recognizing runs behind their backline,” she said. “All I had to do is slot it through, just like my coach told me. Being able to be on the same page as your teammate in terms of when and where they are making their run is key as well.”
Drazetic and her teammates understood how important it was for the team to respond after Thursday’s loss.
“I feel like it was super important to come out and win like that, especially after that loss,” she said. “We have struggled with some teams giving up a goal early and underestimating our opponents. Saturday, we did not do that. We played well together and really showed what we could do. We are still figuring out the tiny details as a team, but every day we improve. The loss did not set us back as a team, if anything, it just gave us more confidence to realize we can match up with a team like Chagrin Falls. Now we just have to work out all the tiny flaws.”
Vladic, Zschuppe, Bella Piazza, and Malia Becker also dished out assists in the win.
Kennedy Boyd recorded the first clean sheet of her career.
Kirtland travels to Berkshire on Tuesday.