Alex Adams, Marisa Silvestro and Paige Westerburg each scored goals to lead Independence to a 3-0 win over visiting Brooklyn on Monday.
The three goals were the most scored by the Blue Devils since a 6-4 win over Wellington on Sept. 24.
“We were kind of in an offensive funk,” said Independence head coach Bryan Less. “I met with the offense (on Sunday) for an hour and we just did different options for building the ball in the midfield and different options for runs in the offensive third. I talked about just playing dynamic soccer and that’s making straight lines and doing different things.”
After scoring just two goals in their last three games, the Blue Devils came out on Monday and pounded the net.
“Our shooting percentage was bad,” Less said. “We only had three goals and we had well over 30 shots. They were really quality shots. We probably had 10-12 shots in the box in the center of the field but we were putting them right at the keeper. We had some really good runs to get there.”
Adams gave the Blue Devils a 1-0 lead in the first half and Silvestro scored early in the second half to make it 2-0.
Westerburg closed out the scoring when she punched in a loose ball off a Silvestro shot.
“I held at the top of the box and a shot deflected back out,” Westerburg said. “I ran on and was able to get a shot off with my left foot and put it inside the left post.”
The Blue Devils collected their sixth clean sheet of the season.
“The defense was solid,” Less said. “Elise Nelson had some really nice passes out of her outside back spot and Erin Zygmunt and Heather Patacca did a nice job of cleaning things up.”
Independence improved to 9-5-1 on the year.
The Blue Devils close out the regular season at Fairview on Saturday needing just one more win to reach 10 wins in back-to-back seasons for the first time in school history.
“I think that the win really helped to boost our confidence with the playoffs coming just around the corner,” Westerburg said. “It’s an exciting opportunity after falling short on the (Chagrin Valley Conference) championship.”