GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — A good day for the visiting squad turned into a bad one for the home team.
The visiting Gallia Academy soccer team beat Ohio Valley Christian 5-2 to secure its first win of the season on Saturday in Gallia County. The Blue Devils (1-3) dominated the first half of competition, while the host Defenders (1-2-2) didn’t leave without putting up a bit of a fight.
The Blue and White leapt out to an early lead after senior Hunter Bennett netted a goal in the second minute of the contest. Ten minutes later, Isaiah Lester scored another goal, with an assist from Logan Carpenter, to go up 2-0.
Carpenter scored a goal of his own at the 22nd minute to help the Blue Devils go up 3-0. Senior Zach Johnson booted a goal in the 27th minute to give the visitors a 4-0 advantage going into halftime.
Carpenter added another goal in the 46th minute of the match to put the Blue Devils up 5-0, but the home team wasn’t ready to give in yet.
Micah Sanders netted the Defenders’ first goal of the match at the 75th minute. In the 79th minute, Justin Beaver scored thanks to a long punt from Marshall Hood to put another goal on the board for the Blue and Gold.
GAHS led in both shots and shots on goal with 31 and 24 respectively. OVC managed to get 14 shots and eight shots on goal. Dekota Metzger had six saves for the Blue Devils, while Marshall Hood had 19 saves for the Defenders. Gallia Academy had a 5-2 advantage on corner kicks.
Donald Lambert can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106