Sunday, July 3

    Kirtland’s Erika Zschuppe signs National Letter of Intent

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    Kirtland senior Erika Zschuppe on Tuesday signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her education and soccer career at Florida Gulf Coast University.

    A short time after signing, Zschuppe learned she was named Ohio’s Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year.

    Zschuppe closed out her Kirtland career as the Hornets’ all-time leader in career points and goals scored as well as the program’s single-season leader in points and goals scored. In fact, she owns the top four spots in each of the single-season categories.

    As a freshman, Zshuppe led the Hornets to the Division III state championship game. They settled for state runner-up that year but returned to the championship game in 2020 and upset Cincinnati Country Day to become the first public school to win the Division III state title.

    In that game, Zschuppe became just the second player in OHSAA history to record three goals in a state championship game.

    Zschuppe scored 170 goals and 39 assists in her four years at Kirtland. She is a three-time All-Ohioan, two-time Division III Player of the Year, and she has received countless other honors.

    Erika Zschuppe
    Erika Zschuppe signs her National Letter of Intent.

    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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