CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio — The Ohio Valley Christian soccer team saw its state title aspirations come to an end Friday afternoon following a 2-0 setback to Toledo Emmanuel Christian in an Ohio Christian School Athletic Association state semifinal at Ohio Christian University.
The third-seeded Defenders (10-6-2) and second-seeded Warriors battled through 41 scoreless minutes, but TEC finally broke into the scoring column in the 42nd minute for a lead it would never relinquish.
Leland Snyder, during a scramble in front of the OVCS net, managed to net a free ball into the back of the goal during the 42nd minute — giving the hosts a 1-0 advantage. Leland later netted a pass from Philip Parmalee in the 54th minute for a 2-0 edge — and ultimately the win.
The Warriors outshot the Defenders by a 12-8 overall margin and also claimed a 10-4 edge in shots on goal. OVCS did manage a 5-4 advantage in corner kicks in the setback.
Both teams had ample opportunities in the first half, the biggest of which came on a Emmanuel Christian penalty kick that was thwarted by OVCS keeper Marshall Hood. Hood finished the night with eight saves, while Trent Groenhoug made four stops for the Warriors in net.
Emmanuel Christian advanced to the state final Saturday for a rematch with two-time defending-champion Hearts for Jesus Christ. TEC lost to Hearts in the semifinals last year. OVCS played in the consolation match on Saturday against Mansfield Temple Christian, which was also a rematch of last year’s other state semifinal.