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    Independence tops Brooklyn, keeps pace in Metro Division


    With a 3-1 win over visiting Brooklyn on Thursday, Independence kept alive its hopes of winning the Chagrin Valley Conference Metro Division.

    The Blue Devils improved to 6-1-2 overall and 3-0-1 in league play. Beachwood holds down the top spot with a 3-0 conference record.

    “We played a very strong all-around game,” Independence coach Bryan Less said. “The defense was very aggressive winning balls and our passing was consistent, we just could not put shots away again. We also stood up to Brooklyn’s aggressive play, never backing down.”

    Makenna McGhee, Alex Adams and Molly Dougherty each scored for the Blue Devils.

    McGhee and Adams both finished off corner kicks while Dougherty converted a PK try.

    “Makenna’s was a volley off a redirect from Hannah MacRaild while Adams volleyed a corner directly from Riccela DiGeronimo’s foot,” Less said. “Molly sealed the game with another well-placed PK.”

    Independence’s defensive effort was especially strong thanks to the effort of several players.

    “Marisa Silvestro played a very strong game and the first of her career at defender, while the center back tandem of Heather Patacca and Rachel Belitz continued to shut down opposing offenses,” Less said. “This was the first true goal we have given up in the conference, but still limited Brooklyn to six shots total.”

    Reni Kaiser recorded four saves in the win.

    Brooklyn dropped to 7-2-1 overall and 1-2 in league play.

    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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