The Cumberland Valley Christian Blazers surrendered an early goal but battled back to claim a 3-1 victory over Calvary Christian Thursday in a Mason-Dixon Christian Conference girls soccer game.
“We struggled a bit on offense early in the game and allowed another early goal,” Blazers coach Paul Lundy said. “However, once we settled in, we were able to put a ton of pressure on the Calvary defense and dominate possession and field position. The girls played with a lot more fire today than we did on Monday (in a 2-0 loss to Grace Academy).”
After Calvary scored in the ninth minute, Taylor Heck knocked in a goal for the Blazers late in the first half on an assist from Katlin Provard.
Five minutes into the second half, the Blazers (1-1, 1-1 MDCC) took the lead on a goal by Kyleigh Teal, assisted by Marlee Stake. Ryleigh Timmons, assisted by Heck, closed out the scoring in the 66th minute.
The Blazers held edges of 13-4 in shots and 8-2 in corner kicks. Goalkeeper Jalen Moats made three saves.
“Our defense is getting stronger by the half, and I am very pleased with their effort this week (three goals given up in two games),” Lundy said. “Our offense really started clicking midway through the first half, and that unit is understanding how to play together and how to keep the defense under pressure. The Calvary keeper made two or three good saves in the second half that kept the margin of victory at just two.”