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