CENTENARY, Ohio — It’s not always about how you start something, but rather how you finish it.
The Point Pleasant boys soccer team picked up its first victory of the 2015 campaign Thursday night following a 4-2 decision over host Gallia Academy in a non-conference friendly at Lester Field in Gallia County.
The Black Knights (1-1-0) found themselves in an early 1-0 hole, but the guests rallied with four consecutive scores to secure a 4-1 cushion at the intermission. The Blue Devils (0-2-0) rallied for a late goal to cut their deficit in half, but ultimately never came closer the rest of the way.
PPHS outshot the Blue and White by an 18-16 overall margin, with GAHS actually putting more shots on goal by a slim 13-12 edge.
Isaiah Lester gave Gallia Academy its only lead of the night with a goal in the opening minutes, but then Austin Adams and Tyler Hill each contributed two goals apiece over the next 30-plus minutes — allowing the Red, Black and White to turn a 1-0 deficit into a sizable three-goal cushion at halftime.
Logan Carpenter provided the only goal of the second half, which ended the scoring at 4-2. Adams also assisted on one of the goals scored by Hill.
Afterwards, PPHS coach Keith Hill spoke about the importance of this group getting that first win under its belt.
“We have a lot of underclassmen, so it’s a really good thing to get that first victory out of the way,” Hill said. “The soccer could have been better out there on our end, but it’s a win on the road. We’ll take that and hopefully progress forward.”
Point Pleasant keeper Cole Walker made 11 saves for the victors, while Caden Wilt stopped eight shots for the hosts. PPHS also claimed a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks.
The Black Knights return to action Saturday when they host Ripley at noon. Gallia Academy makes its first road trip of the season on Tuesday when it travels to Athens for a Southeastern Ohio Athletic League match at 6:30 p.m.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.