Monday, June 17

    Independence battles to 1-1 draw at SVSM

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    Casey Adams scored another goal and Independence’s defense did enough to battle to a 1-1 draw at St. Vincent-St. Mary on Saturday.

    “We played a really good, consistent game against a really good Division II team,” said Independence coach Bryan Less. “This team was right up with any of the best schools on our schedule. Everyone played to their best ability for all 80 minutes.”

    Adams continued her assault on the net since moving up to forward from the defensive line.

    Makenna Rini served up a pass to Adams, who finished the breakaway just five minutes into the game. The Irish scored the equalizer midway through the second half.

    “It was a very aggressive physical game,” Less said. “Casey and Rini both had excellent chances in the second half but their goalkeeper came up big. Casey also put a long free kick about one yard over the crossbar. Rini also had a breakaway stopped when a girl pulled her down from the back to earn a yellow card. The defense, led by Bryanna LeRoy, Allie Borher, and Eliza Botzmon, played a very steady game and Alana Nowak continued to pass the ball to every open player.”

    Keely Sears recorded nine saves for the Blue Devils including one on a breakaway.

    The Blue Devils, who are now 5-7-2 on the year, travel to Geneva on Monday.


    Steve Hare
    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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