THE PLAINS, Ohio — A slow start kills the Blue Devils chance for victory.
The Gallia Academy soccer team gave up three goals in the first 10 minutes of play Thursday night en route to a 5-3 loss to Southeastern Ohio Athletic League host Athens.
The Bulldogs (2-0-0, 2-0-0 SEOAL) got the ball rolling early, as Sammy Morales scored in the fourth minute of the game. Victory Davis added two goals, one in the sixth minute and the other in the seventh, to push the AHS lead to 3-0. With less than a minute left in the half Roland Bennett netted Athens’ fourth goal of the game. The Blue Devils (2-1-0, 1-1-0) trailed 4-0 at halftime.
Sammy Hemphill got the Blue Devils on the board in the 44th minute and followed it up with another goal in the 47th minute. Athens’ Davis earned his hat trick in the 50th minute, putting his team back up by three goals. Gallia Academy junior Jacob McCormick got his lone goal in the 73rd minute but the AHS defense stepped in and held on for the 5-3 win.
Alex Greer saved four shots for the Blue Devils, while Sam Conrath-Sweeney had seven saves for the Bulldogs. GAHS held a 10-to-9 advantage in shots on goal.
Gallia Academy will have a chance to avenge its loss on September 26th when the Bulldogs visit Centenary.