Cumberland Valley Christian

Blazers drop 1-0 decision to Heritage

HAGERSTOWN, Md. – A goal a minute into the second half allowed Heritage Academy to emerge with a 1-0 victory over the Cumberland Valley Christian Blazers Thursday in a Mason-Dixon Christian Conference girls soccer game.

Elizabeth Shank scored unassisted for the Eagles, dropping the Blazers to 1-3 overall, 1-3 MDCC.

“We felt like we dominated most of the game and created a ton of scoring chances, but we could never build up enough to put one in the back of the net,” Blazers coach Paul Lundy said.

Kyleigh Teal almost found the net twice, once on a shot that did go in but was called back because of offsides, and another that ricocheted off the crossbar.

“We had another ball off the post,” Lundy said. “We had their keeper on the ground and out of position a few times but still couldn’t finish. We did everything necessary to score three or four except actually finish them. Heritage deserves a ton of credit.  They showed a lot of grit (they were playing without a few key players) for keeping us off the board. They made key clears and found ways of protecting when it seemed that a goal was inevitable for us. If it wasn’t such a tough loss, it would have almost been funny how many times we had convertible opportunities that we didn’t turn into a tally on the score sheet.”

The Blazers amassed 10 corner kicks to Heritage’s five and held a 4-3 edge in shots. Goalkeeper Jalen Moats made three saves.

“Again, our defense gave us exactly what we needed (two or fewer goals), but we just couldn’t convert any of our many chances. We made some adjustments to our midfield and attacking players (moving Teal to striker and keeping midfielders in a more central formation) that worked well. Our offense is improving, and had we converted two or three goals, the improvements would have been more noticeable.”