CENTENARY, Ohio —For the first time since 2010 the Gallia Academy soccer team has won the Holzer Cup.
The Blue Devils had 15 shots on goal Saturday en rout to a 3-1 victory over visiting Ohio Valley Christian.
Gallia Academy (4-7) junior Jacob Click scored the opening goal of the match in the 7th minute to put the hosts up 1-0. Isaiah Lester added a goal in the 20th minute to push the GAHS lead to 2-0.
Ohio Valley Christian (5-5-1) junior Evan Bowman got the Defenders on the board in the 24th minute off of the Phil Hollingshead assist. The score remained 2-1 in favor of Gallia Academy at halftime but just seven minutes into the second period Logan Carpenter extended the GAHS lead to 3-1 off of the Sammy Hemphill assist. Gallia Academy held on for the 3-1 victory.
The Blue Devils held a 17-to-8 advantage in shots and 15-to-5 advantage in shots on goal. Both teams earned a pair of corner kicks in the game. Marshall Hood had a game-high 12 saves for the Defenders, while Alex Greer had three and Caden Wilt had one save for GAHS.
Gallia Academy now owns a 5-3 mark in Holzer Cup games but this is the first regulation victory for the Blue Devils since defeating OVCS 2-1 in 2008.
GAHS also defeated Ohio Valley Christian on August 27, by a count of 6-1 in Gallipolis.