GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — Another hat trick. Another Ohio Valley Christian win.
The OVCS soccer team won its third consecutive contest Friday night following a 5-0 victory over previously-unbeaten Wood County Christian in a non-conference matchup in Gallia County.
The host Defenders (3-1-0) received its third straight hat trick from a different player, as Chance Burleson joined Richard Bowman and Caleb McKitrick in scoring three goals in a single game — all victories.
Burleson started the scoring in the 10th minute after netting a pass from Bowman for an early 1-0 edge. Burleson followed in the 26th minute with his second goal of the night, thanks to a pass from Rachel Haddad.
McKitrick ended the first half scoring — thanks to an assist from Burleson — in the 35th minute, giving Ohio Valley Christian a 3-0 cushion at the intermission.
McKitrick added his second goal of the night in the 46th minute, as the senior netted a pass from T.G. Miller for a 4-0 advantage. Burleson collected his third goal in the 56th minute after netting a pass from Haddad, rounding out the contest at its 5-0 finale.
The hosts outshot WCCS by a 17-4 overall margin, and OVCS keeper Marshall Hood recorded his second straight shutout with four saves in the triumph. Scotty Heslop made 12 saves in net for Wood County Christian, which fell to 2-1-0 with the setback.
OVCS and Point Pleasant had its soccer contest postponed Saturday due to a lack of officials. The game will be played at a later date.