Saturday, January 28, 2023

Hornets blank Brooklyn

Lidia Rodin scored a pair of goals and Kristi Bryll and Jenna Sayle each added one to lead Kirtland to a 4-0 win at Brooklyn on Monday.

Gabby Culotta recorded one save and Danielle Davis had two to notch the Hornets’ seventh clean sheet of the season and third straight.

“It's great getting another clean slate,” Culotta said. “The back line has been playing awesome. After losing all of our defense from last year, Maggie (Kadas), Lindsay (Ward), Jess (Hepper), Danielle (Bryll) and Tea (Petric) really have stepped up and helped make my job a lot easier. They had big shoes to fill and they have done a great job in doing so.”

The Hornets improved to 7-1-2 overall.

Rodin, a freshman, now leads the team with nine goals.

“My first goal was pretty clean,” she said. “Grace Powers had a really nice pass to set me up, and I was thinking about taking a shot with my right foot, but last minute cut back to my left and finished.”

Rodin draws her inspiration from some of the world’s top players.

“Before my games, I always watch a lot of Messi and Ronaldo videos, and I just put myself in their shoes,” she said. “That’s when I put away another, thanks to a wonderful pass from Grace again.”

Lilia Valentic and Lauren Lutz also had assists for the Hornets.

Davis, Culotta’s backup, doesn’t see a lot of team in the net but she makes the most of that time.

“For not getting a lot of opportunities to practice or play much in the net, she really comes through when called upon,” Culotta said of her teammate “It's awesome to know that there's someone to step in when needed and do a great job when she's in goal.”

Kirtland travels to Chagrin Falls on Thursday.



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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