The Cumberland Valley Christian Blazers split a pair of Mason-Dixon Christian Conference girls soccer games this week, losing 2-1 Tuesday to Calvary Christian in double overtime and beating New Life Christian 6-0 on Thursday.
Against Calvary, Kyleigh Teal scored for CVCS (6-6, 6-6 MDCC) with about two minutes left in the first half. The Blazers maintained the tenuous 1-0 lead until Calvary’s Maddie Dayton scored in the 70th minute of the 80-minute game. Dayton then provided the game-winner with about two minutes left in the second overtime.
“We struggled to get shots on goal but had plenty of chances on Calvary’s side of the field,” said Blazers coach Paul Lundy, whose team will play Calvary in the MDCC playoffs on Monday. “We know what we will need to work on and will be ready for the challenge.”
Calvary led 6-3 in shots and 5-4 in corner kicks. Blazers goalkeeper Jalen Moats made two saves.
Thursday’s game was an entirely different story as the Blazers scored four times in the first half en route to the win over New Life.
Teal scored twice in the first half, and Laurel Reitz, Katlin Provard, Kendra Bard and Rachel Hepler also netted goals. Ryleigh Timmons provided an assist.
The Blazers dominated in shots 26-1 and led 6-3 in corners. Goalkeepers Moats, Keagan Yarboro and Mackenzie Sites shared the shutout.
“We were able to get out to a big lead and play a bunch of players in different positions,” Lundy said. “Jalen only played 20 minutes in goal, and we were able to get our other two goalies some valuable playing time. Rachel Hepler scored her first varsity goal, and I was happy to see Kendra Bard add a goal. They will be key players in our program for years to come, hopefully.
“Sarah Vandersleen had a very strong game at left wing as well as left back. She is another player we will be counting on for the next several years. New Life is young, but they never quit playing hard. They will only get better as their young players gain experience.”