The Cumberland Valley Christian Blazers made two early goals stand up in a 2-1 victory over Shalom Christian Tuesday in a Mason-Dixon Christian Conference girls soccer game.
Ryleigh Timmons opened the scoring for the Blazers (5-5, 5-5 MDCC) six minutes into the game when she rebounded a shot by Katlin Provard and drove it into the net.
“We have been preaching the importance of rebounds and working on it in practice, and Ryleigh made it pay off,” Blazers coach Paul Lundy said.
Kyleigh Teal scored on an assist from Taylor Heck at the 22-minute mark to make it 2-0, and nine minutes later, Shalom’s Autumn Derstine scored the Flames’ loan goal.
Jalen Moats made 11 saves for the Blazers.
“Jalen Moats was awesome in goal for us,” Lundy said. “She stopped a penalty kick, made a couple diving saves, made several tough saves on balls over her head and stayed in front of everything Shalom shot at her on a wet, slippery field in the second half. It was a big game for her on her birthday.”
The Blazers led 6-2 in corner kicks but trailed 12-5 in shots.
“Everyone played solid and we had great energy,” Lundy said. “Shalom is defending conference champs, and the girls were amped up to play our crosstown rivals. We believe our best days are ahead and are excited to see how we can finish up the regular season with two tough road games next week (at Calvary and New Life).”
On Monday, the Blazers lost 2-0 to Heritage Academy.
“Sometimes the team that dominates play doesn’t win,” Lundy said. “This was the case for us. We gave up a quick goal early and Heritage seemed content to quit attacking and just hunkered back on defense. It was a strategy that proved effective. Even though we dominated time of possession (likely 66% to 34%) and time spent on their end of the field, we couldn’t put one in the back of the net.”