Tuesday, September 21

    Independence wins Battle of the Blue Devils

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    Casey McGhee and Emmett Stralka both scored goals to lead Independence to a 2-1 nonconference win over visiting Tallmadge in a Battle of the Blue Devils on Saturday.

    McGhee swiped possession from a Tallmadge defender and buried a shot in the net for a 1-0 first half lead and Stralka scored off of a corner kick in the second half to push the Independence lead to 2-0.

    That held until Tallmadge scored on a penalty kick midway through the second.

    “It was a hot one,” said Independence coach Ryan MacRaild. “Casey got a turnover deep in their half and hit a nice low hard shot for a 1-0 lead, which held until the second half. Emmett was taking the SAT and didn’t get there until halftime but came in and scored off a rebound on a corner. They scored on a PK with about 20 minutes left but we held on and got out with the win.”

    Sam Eisenmann dropped back to solidify the Independence defense and Joey Jirmasek, Nathan Bernstein, Matt Wisniewski, Charlie McGreal, and Drew Straub all contributed to the defensive effort.

    Braden Flynn finished the game with 10 saves.

    “It was a solid team effort against a pretty solid team,” MacRaild said.

    Independence hosts rival Cuyahoga Heights on Tuesday.

    Steve Harehttps://www.ohiovarsity.com
    The creator and publisher of OhioVarsity.com, 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 IrishIllustrated.com, a member of the Scout.com network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. OhioVarsity.com was created in 2004 and was a member of the Rivals.com 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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