OVCS ties Grace in opener, 1-1

By Donald Lambert - [email protected]

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The Ohio Valley Christian soccer team ended its first contest of the 2015 season in a 1-1 tie with Grace Christian on Tuesday in Cabell County.

After battling through a scoreless first half, freshman Justin Beaver carried the ball all the way into the attacking third and scored from 22 yards out — giving the Defenders a 1-0 advantage in the 60th minute.

The Blue and Gold were able to hold off the hosts until the 89th minute, when Noah Lambert scored the game-tying goal.

Grace claimed a 16-11 advantage in shots, but OVCS had a 7-5 edge on shots on goal. Grace also had the advantage on corner kicks with 11, compared to four by the Defenders.

Marshall Hood had four saves for OVCS, while Grace’s James English had six saves.

The Defenders’ next game will take place at Wood County on Friday, Aug. 28. The game time is set for 5 p.m.

Donald Lambert can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106.

By Donald Lambert

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