Defenders finish 4th at OCSAA state tourney
CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio — The Ohio Valley Christian soccer team finished its 2012 season on a down note Saturday morning after dropping a 3-3 decision on penalty kicks to Mansfield Temple Christian in the Ohio Christian School Athletic Association consolation match held at Ohio Christian University.
The third-seeded Defenders and fourth-seeded Crusaders battled through 80 minutes of regulation and 10 minutes of overtime to find themselves knotted up at three-all, which resulted in penalty kicks to determine a winner.
Unfortunately for Ohio Valley Christian, MTCS squeaked out a 5-4 edge in penalty kicks to secure the third-place victory at the state competition. The Crusaders also exacted a small taste of revenge, as OVCS won last year’s state semifinal contest between the two squads before the Blue and Gold finished as the 2011 OCSAA runner-up.
Both teams were tied at two at the intermission, and both squads were also tied at three at the end of regulation. A pair of scoreless five-minute overtime sessions were played, which led to the penalty kick shootout.
Caleb Walters gave MTCS an early 1-0 advantage on an unassisted goal in the 10th minute, but the Defenders tied things up two minutes later after T.G. Miller headed in a corner kick pass from Caleb McKitrick.
Josh Blevins gave OVCS its only lead of the night in the 29th minute after scoring on a penalty kick, which came about after Mansfield Temple was whistled for a handball. Blevins’ goal afforded the Defenders a 2-1 advantage.
Two minutes later, however, MTCS tied things up after Nick Standrider scored an unassisted goal to finish the half tied at two apiece.
Chase Giess gave Mansfield Temple a 3-2 edge in the 56th minute after scoring an unassisted goal, but McKitrick tied the game in the 78th minute after netting a pass from Miller for a 3-3 contest at the end of regulation.
Mansfield Temple Christian goalie John Werner made eight saves in the triumph, while Marshall Hood had 10 stops in net for the Defenders. The Crusaders also claimed a 7-2 edge in corner kicks.
It was the final soccer game for seniors Josh Blevins, Richard Bowman, Chance Burleson and Caleb McKitrick in the Blue and Gold.
Top-seeded Hearts for Jesus Christ captured its third straight OCSAA state title by defeating Toledo Emmanuel Christian in the championship contest.
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