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    Kirtland rides Zschuppe to win at Independence

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    INDEPENDENCE—Erika Zschuppe scored five goals in a game for the third time this season in leading Kirtland to a 5-1 win at Independence on Tuesday.

    Zschuppe, Ohio’s reigning Division III Player of the Year, scored two goals in the first half as the Hornets built a 2-0 lead.

    Independence’s Alex Adams cut the Kirtland lead in half when she split four defenders and made a move before slotting her shot into the upper left corner of the net with less than two minutes remaining in the first half.

    The goal was the 21st of the season for Adams.

    Zschuppe handled all of the scoring in the second half as she scored three more times to finish off the win. She now has 36 goals in 14 games.

    With the win, Kirtland improved to 8-3-3 overall while Independence dropped to 6-5-2. The Hornets host Madison on Thursday. Independence hosts Berkshire.

    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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