Saturday, January 28, 2023

Kirtland edges NDCL, 3-2

Kirtland closed out the home portion of its regular season schedule with a 3-2 win over Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin on Thursday.

Jared Ianiro scored two goals, Stjepan Mijic-Barisic pitched in with one and Sanjay Sundararajan and Kyle Work both had saves in the win. Caleb Cardon earned a penalty kick, which Ianiro converted, and Danny Jahnke had four saves for the Hornets, who improved to 11-3-1 overall and won their fourth straight game and third of the week.

“That was a physical game that took a lot out of us,” said Kirtland coach John Valentic. “To go 3-0 this week says a lot about our character and resilience.”

Valentic changed up some things in the second half and the Hornets responded.

“Kyle Work hit a great free kick to me from half and I just brought it down and shot it,” Ianiro said. “It was a great pass. Also, Caleb Cardon had a great run into the box on the third goal. He was dribbling in the middle of the box and drew a foul and got us a penalty.”

Ianiro believes the win over the Lions and four-game winning streak will help the Hornets carry some momentum into the playoffs.

“This definitely is a confidence booster heading into the postseason,” he said. “It was a great game against a good team who had a lot of tough players.”

The Hornets close out the regular season at West Geauga 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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