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    Powers scores hat trick in Kirtland’s win at Independence


    Kirtland coach Ed Bradac worked hard to recruit Grace Powers out of the hallways and onto the soccer field.

    Powers, a standout basketball player and track athlete at Kirtland declined Bradac’s offer to join the team as a freshman and as a sophomore. She finally caved and joined the squad this season and on Tuesday she scored three goals in Kirtland’s 9-0 win at Independence.

    “This is her first year playing soccer for us,” Bradac said. “I have asked her, I kid you not, since her freshman year to come join us. Finally this year she decided to play and right away we knew we had somebody that was going to help us. She did a tremendous job. She’s a great team player whether she starts or comes off the bench.”

    Powers also benefitted from Kirtland’s change from a 4-4-2 to a 3-4-3.

    “We switched it up to try to generate some more offense,” Bradac said. “Obviously it worked.”

    Hannah Vouk scored two goals and Hallie Ward, Lauren Lutz and Kerri Zalba each contributed with one in the win.

    The Hornets led 6-0 at halftime and did their best not to run up the score.

    “The bigger problem for me tonight was we went our JV to Crestview so I didn’t even have extra players to put in there,” Bradac said. “I thought it was a game we should win but we’ve never beaten them by that amount.”

    On the other sideline, Independence head coach Bryan Less was proud of the effort his girls turned in, despite the lopsided score.

    “We lost to a better team,” Less said. “No shame in that but our effort was low in the first half. We picked it up and never gave up in the second half. I was proud of the fight I saw tonight.”

    Kirtland improved to 2-1 overall. The Hornets host Orange on Thursday. Independence dropped to 1-3. The Blue Devils host Harvey on Thursday.

    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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