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    Kirtland closes regular season with win at Independence

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    Kirtland closed out the regular season with a 5-1 nonconference win at Independence on Thursday.

    With the win, the Hornets improved to 13-3 on the year. The Hornets will host the winner of the Cornerstone Christian/Lordstown sectional semifinal in a sectional championship game on Thursday.

    “It’s very important that we came ready to play tonight to get the win,” said Kirtland’s Nick Barisic, who scored three goals in the win. “We are glad we ended our regular season with a win heading into playoffs. This helps our team’s confidence immensely by getting a win going into playoffs against a good opponent. It is good that we are still playing good soccer heading into the playoffs.”

    Jarrett Morris and Eli Johnson also scored for the Hornets and Vince Carriero recorded two assists. Drew Duncan and Barisic also assisted on goals in the win and Jack Green recorded two saves.

    Barisic now leads the Hornets with 24 goals scored and 19 assists.

    His first goal came via a slick move in the 18-yard box that created the separation he needed to place the ball in the bottom right corner. He converted a penalty kick for his second goal and then finished off a crossing pass from Carriero to record his hat trick.

    “We are ready to make a deep run in the playoffs and are confident in our play because we have been playing great soccer the whole season and we are hitting our stride at the right time in the season,” Barisic said. “It is going to take a lot of focus during practice and during the whole 80 minutes of the game.”

    Khalil McDonald scored for the Blue Devils.

     

     

    Steve Hare
    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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