Sunday, September 19

    Independence rides big second half to win

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    Independence scored five second-half goals on the way to a 6-1 non-conference win over visiting Open Door Academy on Thursday.

    Aidan Coljohn and Emmett Stralka both contributed a pair of goals in the win.

    “It took us 30 minutes to score but our second-half adjustments and a little extra ball movement created some chances,” said Independence coach Ryan MacRaild. “It was nice to beat a team that was 4-0 until tonight.”

    Kyle McGovern and Khalil McDonald also scored. McDonald and Sam Eisenmann both assisted on goals and Braden Flynn recorded five saves in the game. The one goal he allowed was on a penalty kick.

    Coljohn scored his first goal off a Charlie McGreal cross.

    “I got a clean first touch on it outside and found the back of the net,” Coljohn said. “The second goal was on a counter-attack. Charlie McGreal played a great ball down the line. I took a few touches and hit it low in the corner.”

    With the win, Independence improved to 4-0.

    “We have found great success by playing as a team,” Coljohn said. “Our passing has been good and we find each other in the right places at the right times. We have been sharing the ball around and getting everyone involved. It’s key having multiple scoring threats because if one player is struggling to find the back of the net we know we have other players who will step up.”

    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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