Friday, April 12

    Kirtland extends winning streak to eight

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    KIRTLAND—Nickolas Barisic and Vince Carriero both scored goals in leading Kirtland to a 2-0 non-conference win over visiting Open Door Christian School on Monday at Wilson Stadium.

    With the win, the Hornets improved to 9-2 on the year and extended their winning streak to eight straight games.

    “I know people are going to question the competitiveness of the schedule, some of those are conference games, but there’s a method to the madness,” said Kirtland coach John Valentic. “I know these guys are going to be ready. Even though we didn’t win at Lake Catholic (a 4-1 loss on Aug. 24), we showed character and this was a game like that. It was good to have this experience and to come out on top is what the ultimate goal was. It was fun to be in a competitive game.”

    The Hornets opened the season with a 10-2 win over Perry and then dropped back-to-back 4-1 games to West Geauga and Lake Catholic.

    Since then, they are 8-0 and have outscored their opponents, 54-2.

    “I think that made them angry and it gave them a little bit of an edge,” Valentic said of the two losses. “I think it took a long time to get to something like this, but I think the next three or four games coming up are going to be a battle. I’m looking forward to it and I know the boys are too.”

    The Hornets had to work a bit harder to record their eight straight win against the Patriots, who entered the game 8-2.

    Barisic broke a 0-0 tie when he converted a penalty kick with 16:54 left in the first half.

    Carriero then made it 2-0 three minutes into the second half, but the Patriots locked the door the rest of the way and Kirtland protected its net to seal their shut out.

    “They got a little bit defensive, and I think they were trying to get us on the counter, which is a legitimate tactic and fair play to them,” Valentic said of the second half. “I was happy with the movement and the tempo was good, and we did miss chances. We probably missed two really good ones that could have made the score not so close.”

    Drew Duncan assisted on both goals. He was fouled in the box to set up Barisic’s PK, and he served up the ball Carriero buried in the net.

    The Hornets host Crestwood on Tuesday.


    Steve Hare
    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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