PEDRO, Ohio — Not the start to the year that the Defenders had hoped for.
The Ohio Valley Christian soccer team dropped a 5-1 decision to non-conference host Rock Hill, on Tuesday night in Lawrence County, in what was the season opener for both teams.
The Redmen (1-0) wasted little time getting on the board, as Victor Aguilera scored in the ninth minute and again in the 13th minute. After a 20-minute dry spell, RHHS moved ahead 3-0 on a goal by Jasson Aguilera.
With 3:19 remaining in the first half, Victor Aguilera scored his hat-trick goal, pushing the Red and White lead to 4-0. Rock Hill wasn’t done in the first half, however, as Victor Aguilera scored again with 45 seconds left on the clock, making the RHHS lead 5-0.
Just one goal was scored after halftime, and it was by OVCS sophomore Justin Beaver, with 13:55 remaining.
As a team, Ohio Valley Christian (0-1) fired 11 shots on goal and marked four corner kicks. OVCS senior Michael Gruber saved seven shots as the Defenders’ goalkeeper.
“We’re still growing as a team,” OVCS first-year head coach Jason Beaver said. “There were bright spots and dark spots. We will continue to work on the dark spots and capitalize on the bright areas.”
OVCS will look to avenge this loss on September 8, when the Redmen visit Gallipolis. The Defenders return to action in their home opener on Friday, with Wood County Christian visiting.
This is a correction from an earlier report that had the final score as 6-0 in favor of Rock Hill.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.