Thursday, February 2, 2023

Blue Devils cruise to win over rival Cuyahoga Heights

Sam Belitz scored three goals and Elek McDonald added two to lead Independence to a 7-1 win over host Cuyahoga Heights on Tuesday.

Kyle Streibel and Brandon Patton also scored in the win.

“We overpowered from the get-go,” said Independence coach Ryan MacRaild. “They tried to put nine behind the ball and pack it in but we broke it down early and often. It was nice to get the young guys some playing time and experience. It’s good to know our JV can get some work in.”

Kyle Streibel recorded two assists in the win while Seamus Kral, Christian Streibel, Adam Leibel and McDonald each had one.

Ethan Manelski finished with one save. Danny Mewhinney also saw action in goal for the Blue Devils, who improved to 19-1-3 over the rival Redskins.

“The defense had a few communication breakdowns and some mental mistakes,” MacRaild said. “We gave one away in the first half on a blunder but quickly corrected it and held on to a single goal conceded.”

Independence improved to 2-0 on the year and in the Chagrin Valley Conference. The Blue Devils host Cardinal on Sept. 4.

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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