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Blue Devils head back to district championship

Independence added another chapter to its perfect season with a 4-1 win over visiting Beachwood in a Division III district semifinal on Tuesday at Stan Skoczen Stadium in Independence. The Blue Devils had defeated the Bison, 6-1, during the regular season but were forced to make a few adjustments in the postseason rematch. “They had

Independence edges Elyria Catholic

Top-seeded Independence struggled to pull out a 2-1 win over No. 8 Elyria Catholic in a Division III sectional championship game on Saturday. The Blue Devils scored both goals in the second half to remain undefeated and keep alive their season. “I think we played good enough to win but we didn't play our best,”

Blue Devils notch perfect regular season

Independence closed out the regular season with a 9-1 win over visiting Cornerstone Christian Academy on Thursday. While the outcome was never in doubt, the win was significant as the Blue Devils capped their first perfect regular season in school history. “It's pretty cool,” said Independence coach Ryan MacRaild. “We were close a couple of

Streak ends but Blue Devils clinch league title

Independence’s streak of 11 consecutive shutouts came to an end in Tuesday’s 6-1 win at Beachwood, leaving the Blue Devils in third place in Ohio High School Athletic Association history for consecutive clean sheets. The disappointment of allowing a goal for the first time in 12 games was lessened when the Blue Devils realized their

Blue Devils shut out Wellington

Independence’s historic season continued with a 3-0 win at Wellington on Saturday. The Blue Devils, ranked fourth in the latest Division III state coaches’ poll, recorded their 11th straight shutout of the season to move into third place all-time in Ohio High School Athletic Association history for consecutive shutouts in a single season. “Wellington has

Blue Devils record ninth straight shutout

State-ranked Independence continued its historic run on Tuesday with an 8-0 win over visiting Berkshire on the turf of Stan Skoczen Stadium at Alumni Field. The Blue Devils, ranked fourth in Division III in the latest state coaches’ poll, recorded their ninth consecutive shutout, moving them into a tie for fourth in Ohio High School

State-ranked Blue Devils top Lutheran West

In a rematch of last year’s Division III district championship game, Independence came out a bit tentative against visiting Lutheran West at Stan Skoczen Field at Alumni Stadium on Monday. The Blue Devils, who edged the Longhorns for the district title last season, 4-3, used second half goals from Sam Belitz and Christian Streibel to

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

Belitz hat trick paces Independence to win over rival

Cuyahoga Heights did its best to shut down Independence’s dangerous offense, especially the lethal right foot of Sam Belitz. The Redskins crowded the defensive third but Belitz and the Blue Devils eventually found the net in a 6-0 win on Tuesday. “Ultimately, our possession wore them down and we created some chances off the ball

Kunevicius notches hat trick in win over Oberlin

Oberlin entered Thursday’s non-conference matchup at Independence without its starting goalkeeper. The Blue Devils took advantage in a 7-0 win over the visiting Phoenix. “We struck early and often,” said Independence coach Ryan MacRaild. “They had good speed and a decent attack but Tyler (Korecko) had a good game in goal and their backup keepers,