OVCS outlasts Spartans in tourney

Bryan Walters

October 18, 2013

GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — At the end of the night, you only have to win by one.

Marshall Hood broke a 3-all tie in an overtime shootout, allowing host Ohio Valley Christian to claim victory Thursday night during an OCSAA regional tournament contest against Bellefontaine Calvary Christian in the Old French City.

The Defenders (7-8-1) never trailed in regulation and twice established leads of two goals, but the visiting Spartans rallied back from both of those deficits to knot the game up at five after 80 minutes of regulation.

Both teams resorted to a best-of-5 in penalty kicks, which led to a 3-all tie after the first round through. The tiebreaker went to sudden death, and BCC missed its first two chances while OVCS came up short on its first extra try.

Hood came out of net to take the Defenders’ final penalty shot, and the sophomore netted the final shot — allowing OVCS to advance to the next round of the regional tournament.

The Defenders outshot the guests by a 28-17 overall margin, which included a slim 17-16 edge in shots on goal. The hosts also claimed a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks.

OVCS stormed out to an early lead in the sixth minute after T.G. Miller netted an unassisted goal for a 1-0 edge, then Miller scored on a pass from Justin Beaver in the 27th minute for a 2-0 cushion.

Calvary countered with a goal just seconds later when Ian McGillis scored on an unassisted shot in the 27th minute, allowing the guests to pull to within 2-1 at the intermission.

Dan Solmonowicz started the second half scoring with an unassisted goal in the 42nd minute, allowing the Spartans to tie the match at two.

Miller recorded a hat trick in the 62nd minute after netting a pass from Evan Bowman, giving OVCS a 3-2 edge. Solmonowicz, however, countered with a goal in the 65th minute for a 3-3 tie.

Danny Reed recaptured the lead for the Defenders in the 67th minute after netting a pass from Miller, making it a 4-3 contest. Phil Hollingshead extended that lead to 5-3 after netting a 20-yard shot in the 71st minute.

Solmonowicz reached his hat trick in the 74th minute with an unassisted goal, then netted his fourth score of the night in the 79th minute — which tied the game at five at the end of regulation.

Besides the game-winning goal, Hood also made 11 saves in net for the victors. Scott Brunson stopped 12 shots in net for Calvary Christian.