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    Henderson’s late goal lifts Blue Devils past Redskins


    Despite outshooting visiting Cuyahoga Heights 25-8, Independence scored just one goal in a 1-0 win over the Redskins on Alumni Field at Stan Skoczen Stadium on Thursday.

    Ashley Henderson scored off a cross by Jen Wisniewski with just over five minutes remaining in the game.

    “Jen had a great cross and Henderson put it in. It was beautiful,” said Independence head coach Bryan Less. “The girls did what they had to do to win. We outshot them 25-8. Unfortunately 24 of those shots were right at the keeper.”

    With the win, the Blue Devils improved to 3-5-2 overall and 2-1 in Chagrin Valley Conference play.

    The first half saw both teams have their chances to take control of the game. The Blue Devils owned the second half.

    “I think our chances in the first half were better,” Less said. “Our fitness and speed and passing really took over in the second half. They were playing it long and trying to get past us. We just took it over. We probably had 12 corners.”

    Wisniewski had several close calls but couldn’t find the net either time.

    “Jen just missed two headers,” Less said. “One went just past the goalie and the other went over the crossbar.”

    Sophomore Krista DeFini saved five shots to record her third shutout of the season.

    She was one of four sophomores that made a big impact for the Blue Devils.

    “Four sophomores really played well,” Less said. “Krista had a couple saves where she came out and made nice stops and Ashley Henderson had the goal. Daniela Radujkovic did a nice job being really aggressive and Julia Gutermuth at outside mid was dynamite today. They all really stepped up and played well tonight.”

    Independence hosts Valley Forge on Saturday.

    Steve Hare
    The creator and publisher of, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for, a member of the network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. was created in 2004 and was a member of the network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. 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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