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Kirtland ladies football: Hornets best Liberty Benton

Sandusky >> Hannah Vouk’s right-footed volley within the 67th minute broke a tie recreation to provide Kirtland a 2-1 victory in its Department III state semifinal fit towards Liberty Benton on Nov. 7.

Vouk’s function sends the Hornets to their first state ultimate in class historical past, and left the senior midfielder speechless after the fit as she and her teammates basked within the vibes of shifting inside a win of a state identify. Kirtland advances to a D-III state ultimate towards Cincinnati Summit Nation Day on Nov. 10 at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus. Summit Nation Day misplaced to Gilmour in final yr’s D-III state championship fit.

“I’m no longer frightened about faculty,” Vouk mentioned. “I’m no longer frightened about what I’m going to put on the next day. I’m in order that centered, and I’m so satisfied we had been ready to carry all of it in combination. It feels superb.”

Kirtland’s Emily Ungrady opened the scoring with a volley to the left of Liberty Benton freshman goalkeeper Sophie Aschemeier within the 38th minute. Ungrady’s function put the Hornets forward, 1-, at halftime.

“It was once a bullet,” Vouk mentioned. “It hit the again of the web, the ball rolled, it is advisable to pay attention that sound. Oh my gosh it was once superb. It feels superb to understand she’s been running so exhausting, it’s her first season with football at Kirtland and it was once a in reality tricky shot and a difficult perspective.”

The Eagles entered their fit towards Kirtland Nov. 7 having allowed one function since Sept. 25. Aschemeier, at the back of senior defenders Carson Garlock and Jessi LaFontaine, registered 15 shutout performances in her freshman season.

Preparation for Liberty Benton’s staunch protection required consideration to Kirtland’s set items, and Trainer Ed Bradac’s crew’s targets adopted nook kicks or volleys into the attacking zone.

“That’s what’s going to win those video games,” Bradac mentioned. “It’s confirmed time and time once more, in shut, tight video games, it’s achieved on set items.”

Savanah Richards tied the fit within the 55th minute together with her 28th function of the season on a penalty kick. In a different way, the Eagles’ main scorer was once checked through Kirtland’s Jenna Sayle. An harm to sophomore defensive again Tea Petric, who close down Elyria Catholic’s Ryan Kunkle in a prior fit, required Bradac to transport Sayle from her midfield place again into his defensive formation.

“We all know that if we put her on her, she’s no longer going to do one thing foolish,” Bradac mentioned. “She’s going to comprise her. She’s going to lengthen her and get lend a hand from in all places else we will be able to at the box.”

The Hornets performed in a D-III state semifinal for the second one time in 3 seasons. Kirtland fell to Chippewa, 1-, in 2015.

Bradac mentioned what separates this yr’s crew is a mix of gamers, rookies via seniors, who sacrifice for one any other and set the crew’s welfare as a best precedence.

“Whether or not you’re a senior and also you don’t play,” Bradac mentioned, “you continue to fortify that sophomore that will get in and performs maximum of the ones mins. It’s a crew in the real sense of the phrase.”

Vouk is one among 9 seniors whose highschool careers conclude on Nov. 10. As important as her game-winning function proved on Nov. 7, Vouk pointed to senior ahead Vikki Carriero’s function.

Carriero isn’t a starter, however Vouk calls her Kirtland’s “soul” who embodies the sacrifices and perspective Bradac values.

“Each crew wishes that one particular person to raise you up,” Vouk mentioned. “I feel that’s what makes us so particular. She treats everybody similarly, everybody. She loves them. It’s a circle of relatives surroundings and that’s what makes it so extremely welcoming and it makes you simply need to be there always.Andrdquo;