CENTENARY, Ohio — So much for the friendly confines of home.
Visiting Jackson outshot Gallia Academy by a 2-to-1 margin and turned a 1-0 halftime lead into a comfortable 5-0 victory Tuesday night during a Southeastern Ohio Athletic League soccer match in Gallia County.
The Ironmen (4-5, 2-3 SEOAL) outshot the hosts by a 24-12 overall margin, which included a 14-10 edge on shots on goal. The disparity, however, wasn’t felt early on, as JHS and the Blue Devils (3-4, 1-4) battled through a scoreless tie for nearly 30 minutes.
Then, the flood gates opened over the next 25 minutes of play — all of which went in favor of Jackson.
Cody Heft broke the scoreless tie with 11:10 remaining in the first half, as the senior converted a penalty kick to give the Ironmen a 1-0 lead — which would stand up until the intermission.
JHS needed just two minutes in the second half to increase its lead, as Sheldon Moore netted a pass from Chandler Fout with 38:01 remaining for a 2-0 advantage.
Bryon Lord gave the guests a 3-0 cushion at the 36:19 mark after netting a pass from Brandon Ghearing, then Moore tacked on a goal at the 34:49 mark of the second half for a 4-0 edge. Heft was credited with an assist on the goal.
Jimmy Voiles concluded the scoring with 28:20 left in regulation after netting a pass from Devin Soloman for a 5-0 finale.
Jackson claimed an 11-4 edge in corner kicks and received 10 saves from keeper Chandler Fout in the shutout. Alex Greer made nine stops in net for the Blue Devils.