The Cumberland Valley Christian Blazers gave up a pair of second-half goals and dropped a 2-0 decision to Shalom Christian Monday in a Mason-Dixon Christian Conference girls soccer game.
Leah Myers and Hannah Mangers scored six minutes apart in the second half to lift Shalom to the victory.
“Neither team could muster much of an attack in the first half or the first 15 minutes of the second half,” CVCS coach Paul Lundy said. “We got sloppy and failed to clear two balls in the middle of the second half, and Shalom was able to convert two unassisted goals. One was a tough shot from about 25-30 yards out that beat our keeper and settled in the top corner of the net. The other goal was a toe ball that went low and to a corner. It was well struck and found the back of the net.”
The Blazers (1-2, 1-2 MDCC) led 3-2 in corner kicks, while Shalom held a 7-3 edge in shots. Jalen Moats made five saves for the Blazers in goal, and Hannah Pogue stopped three shots for Shalom.
“We challenged Shalom’s keeper, especially in the five minutes between their goals, and Pogue made a few diving saves to keep us scoreless,” Lundy said. “Our midfielders need to be more of a presence and bring their considerable skills to bear upon our opponents. Scoring continues to be an issue for us, but our defense is getting better each game.
“I am pleased that we have only allowed five goals through three games, and a huge part of that has been the stellar play of freshmen Maddie Eberly and Regan Bard. Those two are developing into a strong combo on our back line.”