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    Kirtland grinds out win over Lake Catholic

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    Kirtland didn’t play its A game in a non-conference showdown at Lake Catholic on Thursday but the Hornets played well enough to escape with a 3-0 victory.

    Jason de Zwaan scored two goals and Evan Dures added one in the win.

    “It’s safe to say that this wasn’t our best game so far,” de Zwaan said. “However, we still made sure to score some of our chances and our goalkeeper had another great game which definitely helped. This shows that even on our worse days our team is determined to win and we’ll still fight for that victory.”

    Dures gave the Hornets a 1-0 lead and de Zwaan added the two insurance goals to lead the Hornets to their 12th win of the season. Kirtland has now won 12 or more games in four consecutive years.

    “My first goal was scored by a through ball which I safely passed into the net as their keeper ran out to the ball,” de Zwaan said. “Then my second goal was a header into the top right corner.”

    Marco Valentic recorded his team-leading 21st assist in the win and Petar Mijic-Barisic and Rocky Mongeluzzi also assisted on goals.

    Anthony Svigel recorded one save as the Hornets notched their eighth shutout of the season.

    The Hornets (12-1-1) close out the regular season against Beachwood, Independence, and Eastlake North, three quality opponents who will push the Hornets in their final tune-ups for the postseason.

    “Our high potential is not always easy to live up to,” de Zwaan said. “Our next few games are against solid teams and I believe that if we can put up a good fight against them that we will be more than prepared for the playoffs.”

    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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