Monday, February 6, 2023

Rodin, Sayle combine for four goals in win at Garfield

Freshman Lidia Rodin scored two more goals and sophomore Jenna Sayle also scored a pair to lead Kirtland to a 7-0 non-conference win at Garrettsville Garfield on Tuesday.

Maya Zovko, Grace Powers and Maggie Kadas also found the back of the net for the Hornets, who improved to 3-0-2 with the win.

Rodin now has scored a team-high six goals in her first five high school games.

“Tonight, I was just really determined to make a difference,” she said. “Every time I step onto the pitch, I set a goal for myself. Tonight I wanted to really prove to myself and my teammate's that I can do this, even as a freshman.”

Hannah Vouk, Lindsay Ward, Jessica Hepper, Zovko and Powers all had assists in the win.

Gabby Culotta recorded three saves and Liz Vernon had four.

Rodin has twice as many goals as Kirtland’s next leading scorers as Vouk and Sayle both have three.

The freshman credited her teammates for their support in opening up the field and distributing the ball. She also credited a former Hornet for the inspiration on the field.

“I definitely did not expect this, being a freshman,” Rodin said. “Of course, it's a pleasant surprise, but what has been happening isn't how I pictured it would play out at all. I just thought that because I was a freshman I wouldn't have the position I have now, and have the role I have now. I am very thankful to be where I am. And of course, it's thanks to my teammate's, and family, and friends. I have never scored without getting a pass from someone else. But I have one person who is a huge influence on where I am. That name is Katie Straus, now a freshman at the University of Cincinnati. She's why I wear the number 16. That girl is such a great person to have in your life. Katie motivated me to play hard, play with purpose, and play for the love of the game.”

Kirtland travels to Orange 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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