The Cumberland Valley Christian Blazers opened their girls soccer season on Monday by dropping a 2-0 decision to Grace Academy in a Mason-Dixon Christian Conference game.
Grace scored a goal in each half to win the game played in sloppy conditions.
“We struggled to consistently apply pressure to their defense,” Blazers coach Paul Lundy said. “Grace Academy was playing seven back on defense and did a nice job of limiting our scoring opportunities. We have a bunch of returning players but finding the right mix of who should play where and when isn’t coming together as quickly as I would like. Overall we did a solid job on defense except for two breakdowns that led to goals. Grace had a few speedy players coming up from the midfield, and they were able to beat us twice.”
Shots on goal were limited: The Blazers managed only five shots and Grace took seven. The Blazers led 6-4 in corner kicks and goalkeeper Jalen Moats made five saves.
“Jalen did a great job of handling the elements (35-40 degrees and very wet and muddy) and made several nice saves,” Lundy said. “I know we will play better as the season progresses. We definitely know what we need to work on at practice heading into a full slate of games in the next week or so.”