OVU men handle Trevecca

Photo by Steve Hemmelgarn Ohio Valley University’s Jeremiah Yondah maneuvers with the ball Thursday in the Fighting Scots’ 3-1 men’s soccer win over visiting Trevecca Nazarene.

VIENNA — Trevecca Nazarene may have scored first, but every goal after belonged to host Ohio Valley University as the nationally-ranked Fighting Scots’ men’s soccer team downed the Trojans 3-1 Thursday afternoon to improve their overall record to 9-1-1.

OVU is No. 18 in NCAA Division II with now a 6-0-1 mark in the G-MAC standings, good for first place.

The Scots’ next game has them at home again at 3:30 p.m. Saturday versus another conference foe in Kentucky Wesleyan.

Trevecca (3-4-1) got the drop on OVU Thursday as Victor Tsado knocked the ball into the net to the right of goalie Carlos Rubio just 6:54 into the game to take a quick 1-0 advantage.

The Scots started to get some opportunities, though, as play moved along through the 20-minute mark. At 16:38, Trojan keeper Tyler Delgado made a diving save on OVU’s best shot on goal yet.

But the Scots finally broke through at 8:26 with a goal by Nicolas Rodriguez off an assist from Celos Riveros, who centered the ball to Rodriguez for a boot past Delgado to square things at 1-all, and that’s where it stood when halftime came.

The second half began with OVU on the attack right from the start, and that resulted in the go-ahead goal at 26:41. Nemanja Acimovic fired a shot right across in front of the goal and Kevin Franc kicked it home to propel the Scots on top to stay at 2-1.

The Trojans had a corner kick at 12:14, but an OVU header knocked it away from the goal before the Scots, with 10:17 to play, added to their tally when Goncalo Garcia, off an assist from Javier Rodriguez, drilled in a shot from out in front of the net for a 3-1 lead.

And finally Rubio had a nice diving stop to thwart Trevecca for basically the last serious time with just 6:14 to play.

For Rubio, a senior keeper, he displayed again Thursday why he was named earlier this week as the G-MAC Defensive Player of the Week for the second week in a row.