Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Hornets blank Wickliffe

Kirtland’s young soccer team passed another test in a 6-0 win at Wickliffe on Tuesday.

Lidia Rodin scored two goals and Hannah Vouk, Danielle Davis, Maya Zovko and Grace Powers each scored one in the win.

“I know that we have talent on this team,” said Kirtland coach Ed Bradac. “The question is how are they all going to come together because we’re all so new playing together? I think we have a lot of good tests in front of us and this was another gauge because two years ago we went to Wickliffe and only beat them 1-0. We returned to Wickliffe two years later, and I know teams change, people come and go, but I’m very pleased with beating them 6-0.”

Rodin, a freshman, now leads the team with four goals and has two assists to her credit.

“She’s the real deal,” Bradac said. “She’s good, the way she plays. She just floats around the field.”

Vouk, a junior, has three goals and three assists in Kirtland’s first three games.

“She makes the most of her opportunities,” Bradac said. “She’s not taking a lot of shots. She’s taking one shot and scoring a goal. She had one shot against Manchester and scored and on one shot tonight and scored. She’s been very efficient at this point.”

Gabby Culotta had two saves in goal for the Hornets.

“The nice part for us as a team is we’re still trying to figure out who our starting 11 will be on game 16,” Bradac said. “What I love is when the girls we put in, they’re making the most of their opportunities, like Danielle Davis who comes in and scores a goal and kid like Katie McCollister, she’s such a great person on the team. She has such a great work ethic and when she plays she’s going to battle you the entire time. It’s exciting to see kids come in and say, ‘Look, I may not be starting but I’m going to push girls that are starting.’”

The young Hornets, who improved to 2-0-1, face what could be their toughest test of the season on Thursday when league rival Hawken visits Recreation Park at 4:30 p.m.

“We’re going to know a lot about our team after that,” Bradac said.

 

Steve Harehttp://www.ohiovarsity.com
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes OhioVarsity.com, 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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