Friday, October 22

    Patience pays off for Blue Devils

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    INDEPENDENCE—Patience paid off for the Independence Blue Devils in an 8-0 Chagrin Valley Conference Metro Division win over visiting Trinity on Thursday.

    The Blue Devils dominated possession in the early going but couldn’t find the back of the net. That all changed when Alex Adams finally broke the scoreless tie with 18:54 remaining in the first half.

    “We blew a couple of early ones,” said Independence coach Bryan Less. “We played a good North Olmsted team on Monday and I like playing good teams because it helps you get better. Today, in our pregame talk, we talked a lot about coming back. It was a comeback game and we wanted to get better and we did.”

    Alana Nowak scored two minutes later to push Independence’s lead to 2-0. Adams notched her second goal of the game at 14:28 and Hannah MacRaild converted a penalty kick to give the Blue Devils a 4-0 lead at the break.

    Nowak and MacRaild both scored within the first two minutes of the second half and Makena Rini and Amanda Kaufman both recorded goals later in the half to close out the scoring.

    “North Olmsted was really good but we were hesitant,” Less said of the 5A-2 loss on Monday. “We start six or seven sophomores and we played like it on Monday. We wanted to come out and play aggressive, win balls, and we did that. Even though we weren’t scoring in the first 20 minutes, we were playing hard and winning balls, and then eventually the shots started dropping.”

    Four of Independence’s goals were scored by sophomores.

    “They’re all over the field and they’re getting better. They’re better than they were last year and better than they were early in the season. We’re just building and we’ll get a lot better throughout the season,” Less said. “Mandy barely played last year and that’s already her second goal this year. The girls worked really hard in the preseason and in our first scrimmage we told the sophomores they had to play like veterans this year because today we started seven sophomores. That’s pretty cool as a coach.”

    The Blue Devils return to action on Tuesday when they host Bedford.

    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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