Friday, December 9

    Independence rallies for tie with Beachwood

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    Independence surrendered an early goal and trailed for most of the game until Makenna Rini found the back of the net with 25 seconds remaining to secure a 1-1 tie with visiting Beachwood on Thursday.

    Rini nearly scored the game-winner 20 seconds later but the Bison survived the scare.

    “We gave up a random goal in the first half but showed no quit throughout the game,” said Independence coach Bryan Less. “We controlled most of the possession in the first half and gave up a deflected goal.”

    Independence goalie Keely Sears, who recorded nine saves in the game, cleared a ball from inside the box.

    An unfortunate bounce hit a Beachwood player and bounced past Sears and rolled into the net for an early 1-0 Bison lead.

    Independence regrouped at halftime and maintained its possession advantage.

    The Blue Devils also intensified their attack but had nothing to show for it as they hit the post twice and a well-placed corner kick also narrowly missed the net.

    With time dwindling down in the second half, Rini secured a cleared ball and sent it past the Beachwood keeper for the equalizer.

    She went for the game-winner with fewer than 10 seconds remaining but her shot missed the net with just five seconds left to play.

    “When Makenna decides to make plays like that consistently, she will turn herself into a very good player,” Less said.

    Independence, who improved to 5-5-1 overall and 3-2-1 in the Chagrin Valley Conference Metro Division, hosts Brush 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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