Sunday, February 5, 2023

Big second half pushes Kirtland past Chardon

Kirtland exploded for five second half goals in Thursday’s 6-1 non-conference win over visiting Chardon.

Stjepan Mijic-Barisic and Jared Ianiro both scored two goals and Jeremy Lunka and Ante Bevanda each scored once. Mijic-Barisic recorded three assists while Ianiro and Bevanda both had one.

“Our offense works very hard at all times even when they don't get the ball,” Ianiro said. “They're constantly making great runs, which makes it way easier for me and the other midfielders to find them.”

Ianiro credited Kirtland’s speed advantage for the second half production against the Hilltoppers.

“At half we knew that they were a very physical team and we knew we needed to use that to our advantage,” he said. “We started playing quicker and gained more control of the game.”

Danny Jahnke recorded three saves in goal and now has 12 on the season.

Kirtland improved to 6-1 overall while Chardon dropped to 2-5-1.

The Hornets travel to Lutheran West on Monday.

Steve Hare
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. 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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