Defenders rally back for 4-4 tie at Belpre
BELPRE, Ohio — The Ohio Valley Christian soccer team twice rallied back from two-goal deficits Monday night en route to a 4-all tie against host Belpre during a non-conference matchup in Washington County.
The visiting Defenders (7-3-1) never led in the contest and trailed 3-0 late in the first half before making an incredible 4-1 surge over the final 43 minutes of regulation just to earn a tie.
Kyle Windland gave the Golden Eagles a 1-0 advantage just two minutes in on an unassisted goal, then Justin Smith netted a Trenton Stanley pass in the 30th minute for a 2-0 lead. Dakota Hoffman gave BHS its biggest lead of the night in the 37th minute on an unassisted goal for a 3-0 edge.
The Defenders finally got in the scoring column in the 37th minute after Josh Blevins netted a penalty kick to pull the guests to within 3-1. Scotty Wood then netted a pass from Caleb McKitrick in the 39th minute to cut the deficit down to 3-2 at the intermission.
Belpre increased its lead back to two during the 58th minute, as Devin Darnell netted an unassisted goal for a 4-2 advantage. Richard Bowman pulled the guests back to within one on an unassisted goal in the 67th minute, then McKitrick netted a pass from Chance Burleson in the 74th frame to complete the scoring and the comeback at four apiece.
OVCS outshot the hosts by a narrow 9-8 margin. Marshall Hood made four saves in net for the Defenders, while Ryan Epperly had five saves for Belpre in goal.
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