Friday, February 23, 2024

Kunevicius scores five in win at Cardinal

MIDDLEFIELD—Independence possesses two of the most dynamic goal scorers in the Chagrin Valley Conference Valley Division. Opposing teams often focus on shutting down either Sam Belitz or Wyatt Kunevicius.

On Tuesday, the Cardinal Huskies shut down Belitz but Kunevicius went on to score all five of the Blue Devils’ goals in a 5-0 win.

“Cardinal was focused on Sam most of the night and freed up some chances for other guys,” said Independence coach Wyatt Kunevicius. “With four guys assisting the five goals, it was nice to spread the wealth there but also for Wyatt to finish well.”

Kunevicius scored his first goal in the eighth minute off a long pass from Seamus Kral. He added his second 20 minutes later. His hat trick came with just over eight minutes left in the half and he added the fourth three minutes later.

His final goal came in the second half.

“I think overall my success came from being in the right places in relation to the ball,” Kunevicius said. “My teammates were on point with their passes and created great opportunities for me.”

Kunevicius, who once scored six goals in a game against Berkshire, also finished off passes from Elek McDonald, Christian Streibel and Belitz.

“I couldn’t be more thankful,” Kunevicius said. “If it weren’t for them, I would not have had nearly as many opportunities as I did today. They all play with such class and I find that our chemistry all seems to flow together very nicely.”

Tyler Korecko recorded seven saves for Independence.

Despite allowing the five goals, Cardinal keeper Austin Miller blocked 18 other shots and was under assault for most of the game.

The Blue Devils improved to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in league play.


Steve Hare
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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