Defenders blank Grace Christian in opener, 5-0

Bryan Walters

August 23, 2013

BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. — There’s nothing like a nice road trip to start the season.

The Ohio Valley Christian soccer team received a hat trick from senior T.G. Miller Friday night during a convincing 5-0 victory over host Grace Christian in the 2013 season opener for both programs at the Barboursville Soccer Complex in Cabell County.

The visiting Defenders (1-0-0) outshot the hosts by a sizable 26-2 overall margin and also claimed a 7-0 edge in corner kicks. OVCS led 3-0 at the intermission, then added two goals in the second half to wrap up the five-nil decision.

Miller started the scoring in the 15th minute after netting an unassisted goal from 20 yards out, giving the Defenders an early 1-0 lead. Miller followed by assisting Scotty Wood on a header goal in the 18th minute, making it a 2-0 contest.

Miller closed out the first half scoring after netting a pass from Evan Bowman in the 33rd minute, giving OVCS a 3-0 halftime advantage.

Miller completed his hat trick in the 65th minute after netting a pass from Phil Hollingshead for a 4-0 cushion. Bowman completed the scoring in the 74th minute on a free kick from 18 yards out.

OVCS keeper Marshall Hood recorded a shutout by making two saves. Grace keeper Chris Harmony had 17 saves in the setback.