HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — You can’t win them all, no matter how hard you try.
The Ohio Valley Christian soccer team had a five-game winning streak snapped Tuesday night following a 2-1 setback to host Grace Christian in a non-conference matchup in Cabell County.
The visiting Defenders (5-2-0) suffered their first loss since the opening game of the season, a 1-0 home setback to Point Pleasant. OVCS managed to outshoot the hosts by a 15-11 overall margin, but a pair of early Grace goals ultimately made all the difference in the outcome.
Ethan Perry gave Grace a 1-0 advantage in the 19th minute after scoring from just outside the 18-yard box, then Josh Lykins lifted a shot over the head of OVCS keeper Marshall Hood in the 23rd minute — giving GCS a 2-0 intermission edge.
The score stayed that way until the 69th minute, as Caleb McKitrick netted a pass from T.G. Miller to cut the deficit in half with just over 10 minutes left in regulation. The Defenders, however, never came closer the rest of the way — allowing Grace to avenge a 7-3 setback to OVCS earlier this fall.
Hood made nine saves in goal for the Defenders, while Chris Harmony had 14 saves in the Grace win.