GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — The only goal that Grace scored proved to be the nail in the coffin … for Grace.
Michael Lilly’s own goal nine minutes into the second half ultimately allowed the Ohio Valley Christian soccer team to turn a slim 1-0 edge into a comfortable two-goal advantage Tuesday night as the Defenders went on to post a 3-0 victory in a non-conference matchup in the Old French City.
The Defenders (2-1-1) controlled the action in the game, but the visiting Soldiers managed to keep OVCS off the scoreboard over the opening 32 minutes of play.
Then in the 33rd minute, Ohio Valley Christian broke into the scoring column after Evan Bowman netted a pass from Phil Hollingshead — giving the hosts a 1-0 lead. The score remained that way headed into the intermission.
Grace’s big mistake of the night indeed proved costly as Lilly went to touch a pass back to goalkeeper James English as OVCS players charged in. The pass, however, went wide of the keeper and snuck inside the corner post — which resulted in a 2-0 cushion for the hosts.
Justin Beaver wrapped up the scoring in the 69th minute after netting a pass from Bowman, allowing the Defenders to secure the 3-0 victory. Both OVCS victories this year have been shutouts, with the first coming at Belpre last week by a 2-0 margin.
The Soldiers were outshot by Ohio Valley Christian by a 14-11 overall margin, which included a 12-8 edge in shots on goal. OVCS claimed a 6-4 edge in corner kicks as well in the triumph.
Marshall Hood made eight saves while posting his second shutout of the season in net for the Defenders. English stopped 10 shots in net for Grace.
Ohio Valley Christian returns to action Saturday when it hosts Gallia Academy in the 2014 Holzer Cup match. GAHS defeated the Defenders last Saturday by a 6-0 count in Centenary.