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.