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Independence remains unbeaten in league play with win over Lutheran West

Four different players scored goals in Independence’s 5-1 win at Lutheran West on Thursday.

With the win, the Blue Devils improved to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the Chagrin Valley Conference Metro Division.

“Our first half was filled with unaggressive defense and poor first touches,” Independence coach Bryan Less said. “We completely turned it around and owned the second half.”

Riccela DiGeronimo, Paige Westerburg, Alex Adams and Marisa Silvestro each found the back of the net for the Blue Devils, who also benefitted from an own goal.

Sophie George assisted on a pair of goals and Adams recorded one assist.

“Alex Adams was a difference-maker and put a ton of pressure on their defense,” Less said. “The entire team also picked us up as Molly (Dougherty) got hurt and did not play the final 42 minutes.”

Reni Kaiser recorded four saves in the win.

Lutheran West’s goal came in the second minute of the contest.

Laurel Willard received credit for the goal and Kelly Owens recorded seven steals and 13 interceptions for the Longhorns, who dropped to 2-2 overall and 0-2 in the Metro Division.

Independence travels to Riverside on Saturday while Lutheran West will play at Keystone.

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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