Thursday, June 8, 2023

Blue Devils blank Panthers

Independence sophomore Reni Kaiser made the most of her night off from tending the Blue Devils’ net.

Cleveland Indians 2016 American League Champs

The midfielder turned goalkeeper scored two goals in leading Independence to a 5-0 win at Euclid on Monday.

“It was pretty satisfying because I got a different look this year than what I usually see in the games,” Kaiser said. “The view is completely different in goal and the field, so it helps knowing what needs to be done more and more, where people should be and the open spaces. I enjoy those moments that I get out of goal because it is very rare that I do, so I try to take advantage of those rare moments.”

Molly Dougherty also scored two goals and Riccela DiGeronimo added one in the win. Paige Westerburg finished with a pair of assists while DiGeronimo had one.

“We gave Reni the day off to heal her thumb,” said Independence coach Bryan Less. “She scored both from outside mid and stayed wide. Two crosses got through and she was in the right spot.”

Kaiser’s replacement, Josie Lee, recorded three saves in leading the Blue Devils to their first shutout of the season.

“This was the first game where the defense outplayed the offense,” Less said. “Christina Brunsman played her finest game and was mistake free and Josie stayed composed and made the plays she had to make. The defense kept most of the pressure off her but she came out about four times to clear away through balls.”

The Blue Devils improved to 7-4-1 on the year. They host Wickliffe on Thursday.

Steve Hare
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. 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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