Thursday, September 16, 2021

Independence edges visiting Riverside

Heather Patacca scored her first goal of the season to lead Independence to a 1-0 win over visiting Riverside on Saturday.

Patacca finished off a Molly Dougherty corner kick with two minutes left in the first half to give the Blue Devils a slight advantage heading into halftime. Independence held off the Beavers in the second half.

“It was a huge momentum swing and gave us a lift for the second half,” said Independence coach Bryan Less. “Reni (Kaiser) made many solid saves in the net, showing again her solid play.”

Kaiser finished with 13 saves.

The win was the second in a row for the Blue Devils, who improved to 3-2 after beating rival Cuyahoga Heights, 1-0, on Thursday.

“It was a hot day and our third game in five days, so the intensity was not there in the first half,” Less said. “We definitely played harder in the second half and closed the game very strongly. The ball stayed completely on our offensive half the last four minutes.”

Playing with a lead inspired the Blue Devils to raise their intensity but having Riccela DiGeronimo back in the lineup also lifted their spirits.

“Molly put in a great effort at center mid on a hot day,” Less said. “Paige (Westerburg) and Riccela are getting better at forward combinations after Riccela missed most of the past three weeks. I was proud of the way the girls gritted out the victory.”

Independence travels to Cardinal 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.

Related Articles

Stay Connected

468FansLike
2,452FollowersFollow
364SubscribersSubscribe

Latest Articles

00:01:05

Hawken wins thriller at Chagrin Falls

Hawken earned a thrilling 3-2 win at Chagrin Falls on Tuesday in a battle for second place in the Chagrin Valley Conference Chagrin Division.

Kirtland knocks off Cardinal in first-place showdown

Kirtland defeated visiting Cardinal 3-1 on Monday in a battle for first place in the Chagrin Valley Conference Valley Division.

Hawken, Perry win postseason tournament titles

Hawken and Perry added some new hardware to their trophy cases following strong performances at the Chagrin Valley Conference postseason tournament at Punderson Golf Course on Monday.

Kirtland’s Erika Zschuppe commits to Florida Gulf Coast University

Kirtland senior Erika Zschuppe locked in her college choice over the weekend when she announced her commitment to continue her education and soccer career at Florida Gulf Coast University.
02:38:14

Last-second field goal leads Independence to win over rival

Casey McGhee booted a 22-yard field goal as time expired to lead Independence to a 30-28 win at rival Cuyahoga Heights on Friday.