CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio — Too little, too late.
The Ohio Valley Christian soccer team didn’t score its first goal of Saturday’s OCSAA consolation game until the 76th minute. By that time Elyria First Baptist had built its lead and the Sabers held on for the 4-1 win and third place in the state.
The Sabers got on the board first when senior Jacob Baker scored on a free kick from 20 yards out in the 26th minute. Baker’s free kick goal was the lone score of the first half and First Baptist led 1-0.
After the break Baker earned his hat trick, scoring a goal in the 48th minute and a goal in the 51st minute, putting the Sabers ahead 3-0. In the 74th minute EBCS went ahead 4-0 on a Chase Parker goal.
With four minutes left in the game OVCS sophomore Eric Blevins scored on a corner kick to get the Defenders on the board. The Defenders failed to score again and lost 4-1.
Ohio Valley Christian outshot the Sabers 16-to-15 but both teams had 12 shots on goal. The Defenders finished with a 6-to-5 advantage in corner kicks.
Chad Parker had 12 saves in goal for Elyria First Baptist, while Marshall Hood and Micah Sanders combined for eight OVCS saves.
Ohio Valley Christian finishes the season fourth in the state with an 8-10-1 record. This marks the final game for OVCS seniors T.G. Miller, Scott Wood and Danny Reed.