The 2019 outlook for the Varsity Boys Soccer team at Cumberland Valley Christian School seems to be pretty promising. Despite the loss of 6 seniors, the Blazers will have the same goals and are looking to make it back to the Mason Dixon Christian Conference (MDCC) championship game.
The Blazers, who finished with a 19-6 overall record last year, will also look to continue their home-field dominance: they are 20-2 at home over the last two years. They are also looking to make a deep run in the NACA (National Association of Christian Athletes) Tournament in Dayton, TN.
The culture has definitely changed over the last two seasons as the Blazers have won 39 games, including 22 shutouts. Last season ended in a tough loss to Calvary Christian in the MDCC Championship game; however, Blazers coach Stan Hott “doesn’t want to dwell on the past. We are wanting to keep improving and getting better every day.”
The Blazers will be on the younger side this season with only one senior, and they are looking to that senior, Kenneth Hott, to lead this team with servant leadership. Kenneth is a returning All-American and the returning MDCC MVP. Last season he ranked fifth in the nation for points with a total of 120 (43 goals and 34 assists). He is only nine goals away from joining the elusive 100-goal mark and has racked up a career point total of 270.
Hott will be joined by several young, hungry and talented Blazer returners. Defensive midfielder Elijah Randolph (6 goals and 6 assists) and center back Noah Randolph (2 goals and 8 assists) look to improve a young and dominating core of talent.
Sophomore and 1st-Team all-MDCC goalkeeper Jack Gabler is looking for continued success in attempting to improve on a season which saw him having 13 shutouts, 235 saves and only 29 goals allowed.
Fellow sophomore Josh Rowe will look to anchor the midfield and improve on his 6 goals and 1 assist season of a year ago, and junior Ryan Winters will provide some offensive punch. Juniors Caleb Eckert, Blaine Minnier and Isaac Kauffeldt will look to anchor the defense and try to grow the impressive 22-shutout mark.
Also looking for playing time are junior David Jeong, sophomores Max Crawford, Felix Kauffeldt and Sam Shunk, and freshmen Seth Bumbaugh and Aaron Minnier.
The Blazers open the season on Friday, Aug. 23, at 5 p.m. at Grace Academy in Hagerstown, MD.