GAHS tops Defenders, 3-1 to win Holzer Cup

Alex Hawley

September 30, 2013

CENTENARY, Ohio —For the first time since 2010 the Gallia Academy soccer team has won the Holzer Cup.

The Blue Devils had 15 shots on goal Saturday en rout to a 3-1 victory over visiting Ohio Valley Christian.

Gallia Academy (4-7) junior Jacob Click scored the opening goal of the match in the 7th minute to put the hosts up 1-0. Isaiah Lester added a goal in the 20th minute to push the GAHS lead to 2-0.

Ohio Valley Christian (5-5-1) junior Evan Bowman got the Defenders on the board in the 24th minute off of the Phil Hollingshead assist. The score remained 2-1 in favor of Gallia Academy at halftime but just seven minutes into the second period Logan Carpenter extended the GAHS lead to 3-1 off of the Sammy Hemphill assist. Gallia Academy held on for the 3-1 victory.

The Blue Devils held a 17-to-8 advantage in shots and 15-to-5 advantage in shots on goal. Both teams earned a pair of corner kicks in the game. Marshall Hood had a game-high 12 saves for the Defenders, while Alex Greer had three and Caden Wilt had one save for GAHS.

Gallia Academy now owns a 5-3 mark in Holzer Cup games but this is the first regulation victory for the Blue Devils since defeating OVCS 2-1 in 2008.

GAHS also defeated Ohio Valley Christian on August 27, by a count of 6-1 in Gallipolis.