ALBANY, Ohio — Not the ideal start to the season.
The Gallia Academy soccer team dropped its season opener Thursday nigh to Southeastern Ohio Athletic League host Alexander, by a 4-2 count in Mason County.
The Spartans jumped out to an early lead as Michael Norris scored on a Quentin Brady assist in the seventh minute. Brady then scored on an assist from Alex Tribe in the 23rd minute to give AHS the 2-0 lead. With less than three minutes remaining in the first half Alexander struck again when Matthew King scored on a penalty kick to give AHS the 3-0 advantage at the break.
Less than two minutes into the second half Gallia Academy got on the board when senior Jacob McCormick found the back of the net. Alexander pushed its lead back to three in the 55th minute when Tribe scored on an assist from Norris. With just under 15 minutes remaining in the contest McCormick found goal again for the Blue Devils, pulling GAHS within two goals. Alexander was able to hold off the Blue Devils charge and the Spartans took the 4-2 win.
Both goal keepers, Aric Russell of Alexander and Caden Wilt of Gallia Academy, finished with four saves.
The Blue Devils will look fro revenge when the Spartans visit Centenary on September 18. GAHS will travel to South Point on Tuesday in its next match, while resuming SEOAL play on Thursday when the Blue and White host Athens.