Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Blue Devils roll to win over Cuyahoga Heights

Cuyahoga Heights found a way to keep Independence’s potent offense in check during Tuesday’s Chagrin Valley Conference matchup at Alumni Field in Independence.

That strategy worked for about five minutes.

The Blue Devils broke the Redskins’ trap and cruised to a 9-2 win.

“Cuyahoga Heights was working to trap us and for the first five minutes or so we had a number of off sides called on us, but once we worked the ball out of the mid a little quicker we were able to spring our forwards on the attack and get our rhythm,” said Independence coach Ryan MacRaild. “With six goal scorers and four different players getting assists, this game was a balanced attack.”

Senior Evan Collins led the Blue Devils with three goals and an assist.

He opened the scoring for the Blue Devils and later assisted on one of Wyatt Kunevicius’ two goals.

“This was a sterling performance from Evan, one that we have often expected and gotten from him, but have been able to allow other players the opportunity to shine with so much attention being paid to him, he has been lurking in the shadows, distributing and facilitating,” MacRaild said. “Tonight he stepped out with some quality strikes and great finishes.”

Jared McCullough, Kevin Mewhinney, Christian Seif and Sam Belitz also scored for Independence while McCullough, Ryan Straub and Luke Wisniewski all added assists.

Jared Laski and Tyler Korecko split time in goal.

Laski finished with four saves and Korecko recorded seven behind a mostly JV squad in the second half.

Independence improved to 4-0-1 overall and 2-0-1 in league play.

“It was a good balanced attack with some good creativity,” MacRaild said. “We missed a few chances early on, but kept our patience and worked the ball to find the back of the net. I am excited to see our improvement so far this season and know that we still have room to improve.”

The Blue Devils host Lutheran West on Thursday.

Steve Harehttp://www.ohiovarsity.com
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes OhioVarsity.com, 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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