Cumberland Valley Christian

Blazers fall to Grace, 3-1

HAGERSTOWN, Md. – The Cumberland Valley Christian Blazers fell behind early and dropped a 3-1 decision to Grace Academy Tuesday in a weather-shortened Mason-Dixon Christian Conference girls soccer game.

Grace’s Addison Snyder scored two minutes into the game, and Marlie Snyder gave the Knights a 2-0 lead at the 20-minute mark. Kyleigh Teal scored on a penalty kick for the Blazers (4-4, 4-4 MDCC) at the 30-minute mark to trim the lead to 2-1, but Grace’s Mia Libby scored three minutes into the second half.

The game was stopped at the 59-minute mark because of lightning.

“The game was mostly played on our defensive half of the field and probably could have been more in the range of 5 or 6 to 1 if Jalen Moats hadn’t made several outstanding saves,” CVCS coach Paul Lundy said. “This was the first time this season that I felt our defense was completely outmatched. Grace moved the ball very well and it seemed like we were constantly under pressure. We switched Sarah Vandersleen to defensive back and that helped to neutralize their speedy wings to some extent.

“We had some momentum going into the half after Kyleigh scored on the PK. I feel like we had them a bit winded; however, they recovered at the half and scored quickly to begin the second period. We knew once we made it to half we likely wouldn’t finish as we could see the storm clouds gathering.”

Moats wound up with 11 saves. Grace outshot the Blazers 14-1 and led 8-4 in corner kicks.