CENTENARY, Ohio — They may be beginners, but there was no luck involved.
In its inaugural season, the Gallia Academy girls soccer team won the Ohio Valley Conference championship, with the Blue Angels defeating guest South Point by a 7-1 tally on Thursday at Lester Field to seal the title outright.
Gallia Academy (11-2-0, 7-0-0 OVC) went ahead 1-0 less than three minutes into play, as Brooke Johnson scored on an assist from Sarah Watts.
SPHS (3-5-1 OVC) tied it at one with an Emilee Whitt goal in the 10th minute of the match, on the Lady Pointers’ only shot on goal in the first half.
GAHS reestablished the advantage with 23:19 left in the first half, as Megan Bailey scored an unassisted goal. The hosts tacked on one more goal before the midway point, as Watts scored on an assist from Junon Ohmura.
Gallia Academy made its lead 4-1 11 minutes into the second half, as Kyrsten Sanders scored an unassisted goal. With 10:23 left, the Blue Angel advantage grew to 5-1, as Preslee Reed scored an unassisted goal.
The Blue and White found the back of the net twice in the final four minutes of the match, with Gretchen McConnell scoring on an assist from Reed, and Bailey Burnette scoring on an assist from Gabby McConnell.
Following the victory, Gallia Academy head coach Leah Polcyn was proud of all that her team has accomplished in its first campaign.
“I am absolutely amazed that they ended up at the top of the league,” Polcyn said. “I never dreamed in a million years that we’d be sitting at the top. We have one more league game, we’re hoping to make it an undefeated season. My girls have practiced hard, they’ve played hard, they’ve improved individually and they’ve improved as a team. I’m just ecstatic right now. I couldn’t have asked for a better overall team effort tonight, it’s perfect.”
GAHS earned a 3-2 edge in corner kicks, while picking up a 17-to-4 advantage in shots on goal.
The Blue Angels also defeated South Point on Sept. 11 in Lawrence County.
GAHS hosts Southeastern in non-conference action on Monday and then will travel to Rock Hill to finish league play on Tuesday.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.