BELPRE, Ohio — Quantity or quality? The Defenders chose the latter.
The Ohio Valley Christian soccer team notched its first victory of the 2014 regular season Thursday night following a 2-0 shutout of host Belpre in a non-conference matchup in Washington County.
The Defenders (1-0-1) were outshot by a sizable 21-9 overall margin, but the guests were never in jeopardy’s way as a majority of the Golden Eagle shots on goal ended up being easy saves for keeper Marshall Hood — whose 21 stops allowed OVCS to remain unbeaten on the year.
The Defenders took a permanent lead in the 17th minute as Nathaniel Riddle scored from just inside the 18-yard line, giving the guests a 1-0 cushion. Phil Hollingshead had an assist on the eventual game-winning goal.
Hollingshead scored the final goal of the night in the opening minute of the second half after netting a free kick, with an assist going to Justin Beaver on the score.
Belpre had an 8-1 edge in corner kicks on Ohio Valley Christian and keeper Cody Storer made seven saves in net for the hosts.
OVCS returns to action Saturday when it travels to Centenary for a 10 a.m. non-conference matchup against Gallia Academy.