GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — The Ohio Valley Christian soccer team hung tough for 46 minutes, but visiting Teays Valley Christian erupted for four second-half goals en route to a 5-1 decision Friday night in a non-conference contest in Gallia County.
The host Defenders (1-6-2) never led in the contest, but trailed only 1-0 at the intermission. Hunter Bell scored an unassisted goal in the 22nd minute that gave the Lions a one-goal edge at halftime.
Things started to unravel after the break as John Legge came up with a goal in the 47th minute, then Mickael Saidi added consecutive goals in the 58th and 61st minutes for a 4-0 contest.
OVCS finally reached the scoring column in the 72nd minute after Justin Sizemore netted a pass from Justin Beaver, allowing the hosts to close to within 4-1.
Saidi, however, capped the scoring while also recording a hat trick with a goal in the 78th minute, ending the 5-1 affair.
Teays Valley Christian outshot the Defenders by a sizable 19-5 advantage and also claimed a 7-2 edge in corner kicks.
Marshall Hood stopped 13 shots in net for OVCS, while Zane Kessler had four saves in net for the Lions.
Ohio Valley Christian returns to action Tuesday when it travels to Fairland for a non-conference tilt at 6 p.m.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.