GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — Persistence pays off.
The Point Pleasant boys soccer team outshot host Ohio Valley Christian by a sizable 16-3 advantage, and those extra chances ultimately made the difference during a hard-fought 1-0 decision in the season opener for both clubs.
Both the visiting Black Knights (1-0-0) and Defenders (0-1-0) found themselves scoreless at the half, despite PPHS owning an 8-2 shot advantage at the intermission.
Point Pleasant, however, finally found paydirt in the 46th minute, as senior Tommy Foust found the net on an unassisted breakaway with 34:16 remaining in regulation.
Foust approached the goal from the left side and crossed a shot that hit the opposite post, then the ball spun toward the back of the middle of the net — giving Point the only goal in the contest.
The Defenders — who were outshot 8-1 in the second half — almost caught a few breaks down the stretch, but ultimately came up short in their quest for a tying-goal. Point Pleasant did manage to accidentally put one shot on their own goal late, but senior keeper Brady Reymond made that save and three others to preserve the shutout triumph.
There were a total of three second-half yellow cards issued, including at least one for each squad. Point claimed a 3-1 edge in corner kicks. Freshman Marshall Hood made 12 saves in net for OVCS during his varsity debut.