Cumberland Valley Christian

Blazers finish fourth in MDCC

The Cumberland Valley Christian Blazers dropped a pair of games in the Mason-Dixon Christian Conference playoffs and finished fourth in the season-ending girls soccer tournament last week.

In the semifinals, the Blazers dropped a 6-0 decision to eventual league champion Grace Academy. Addison Snyder and Marlie Snyder each scored a pair of goals for Grace, which outshot the Blazers 23-4 and out-cornered them 13-5. Grace didn’t break open the game, however, until the 50th minute and scored five times in the final 30 minutes of the contest.

In the league consolation game, Heritage came away with a 4-3 victory over the Blazers, who finished the season with a 7-8 record.

Heritage led 3-1 in the first half. Kyleigh Teal scored at 32 minutes for the Blazers, and then Laurel Reitz scored on an assist from Katlin Provard right before the half to make the score 3-2.

Reitz tied it 17 minutes into the second half on an unassisted goal, but Heritage’s Mikayla Hoy delivered the game-winner on her second direct-kick goal of the game, this one at 64 minutes.

“Heritage capitalized on two free kick opportunities,” CVCS coach Paul Lundy said. “Hoy hit two incredible balls over our wall and just under the crossbar in the corner of the net that very few keepers at any level would have been able to save.”

Heritage led 16-9 in shots and 5-2 in corner kicks. Blazer goalkeeper Jalen Moats made 12 saves.

“We got a little sloppy several times on defense and allowed Heritage’s forwards to get very good looks on the goal, and they made the most of the chances,” Lundy said. “Laurel Reitz played her best game of the season posting two goals and defending Mikayla Hoy most of the game very well.

“We were down two goals on two separate occasions during the game and the team never let up or hung their heads. We had a ball go about 10 inches wide in the last minute that would have tied the game. I was pleased that we finally managed to score goals on Heritage — they had shut us out twice this season in regular season games — and I think we went down fighting in our last game of the season.”