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    Independence celebrates Senior Night with win over Trinity

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    INDEPENDENCE—Six different seniors scored goals as Independence celebrated Senior Night with an 8-0 win over visiting Trinity on Tuesday.

    Wyatt Snyder and Khalil McDonald each scored twice while Mark Pillar, Alex Eisenmann, Nathan Bernstein, and Joey Jirmasek found the back of the net once.

    “Senior Night was a ton of fun,” Snyder said. “The majority of us have been playing together since primary school, so this is a big season and a special game. Plus, the fans brought a ton of energy tonight and it really meant a lot to all of us.”

    The Blue Devils scored in bunches.

    Their first three goals from Pillar, Eisenmann, and Snyder each occurred during a three-minute stretch 10 minutes into the game.

    Pillar opened the scoring with 31:04 left in the first half. Eisenmann added his goal just over a minute later. Snyder made it 3-0 with 28:10

    McDonald made it 4-0 with 2:12 left in the half and Snyder scored his second with 1:07 remaining in the first frame.

    “Scoring the goals felt amazing,” Snyder said. “The first goal was a great setup from Pillar and I buried it in the back of the net. The second goal was a nice little rebound off the goalie that I chipped right in.”

    Bernstein, Jirmasek, and McDonald added second-half goals to close out the scoring.

    “We started to move the ball around well and our team chemistry was on display,” Snyder said of the offensive outburst. “That led to the string of goals we had tonight. Our ball movement has really been coming together and that showed in the way we played. I’ve played soccer with all these guys since we were little. I’m so glad we had a great night and a solid team win to celebrate our senior year.”

    Senior Landon Jatsek recorded his sixth shutout of the season for the Blue Devils, who improved to 6-3-1.

    Independence travels to Open Door on Thursday.

    “Our team is playing really well together and we’re hitting our stride,” Snyder said. “The last couple of games have shown how we’ve progressed and improved as a team by distributing the ball, sharing the field, and being the best team we can be.”



    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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