Wednesday, May 18

    Independence earns shutout at Beachwood

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    Alex Adams scored a pair of goals to lead Independence to a 2-0 win at Beachwood on Thursday.

    The Blue Devils created shot after shot, especially in the first half, but struggled to finish at the net.

    “This was our most complete game of the season in every aspect except for finishing goals,” said Independence coach Bryan Less. “We worked hard continuously for 80 minutes, which is the first time we have achieved that goal this season. We had some games recently where we were close, but sloppy play in a short span caused us to let wins slip away.”

    Adams, who now has 20 goals on the season, scored her first off of Hannah MacRaild’s defensive effort and through ball to Alana Nowak, who recorded the assist.

    “We had 18 shots in the first half, but Alex made the one count,” Less said. “It was set up off a loose ball win from Hannah MacRaild, who made a beautiful pass to Alana to set up Alex’s shot. Alex’s second goal was a cleaned-up ball that was bouncing around off a deep throw-in from Addie Westerburg.”

    Keely Sears finished the match with two saves and her fourth shutout of the season. She now has 78 saves on the year.

    “The defense played very sound,” Less said. “Sophie George and Jessica Harb were very aggressive in winning through balls.”

    With the win, the Blue Devils improved to 6-4-2. They travel to Kirtland on Oct. 5.


    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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