HAGERSTOWN, Md. – The Cumberland Valley Christian Blazers scored a goal in each half and defeated Shalom Christian 2-1 on Saturday to win the Mason-Dixon Christian Conference boys soccer championship at Heritage Academy.
“We knew it would be a tough game, but we also knew that if we played our system and as a team that we couldn’t be beat,” Blazers coach Tim Hott said.
The Blazers scored in the first half when Thomas Garvin headed in a corner kick from Mario Wiesman.
“I know anytime we have a corner that we have a very good chance of scoring,” Hott said. “Mario always finds Thomas in the mix, and Thomas knows how to finish from a corner. It really is quite beautiful to watch. Mario and Thomas did not disappoint.”
Shalom had a chance to tie early in the second half but sent a penalty kick high and wide right. The Blazers quickly responded and took their 2-0 lead when Gage Brookens headed a pass to Wiesman, who finished from in front of the net.
Shalom scored late in the game to make things tense, but the Blazers didn’t allow any real scoring opportunities in the final minutes.
Gabe Beckering made 10 saves for the Blazers. “Gabe played his best game of the season,” Hott said. “He owned everything inside the 18 with the exception of one.”
The Blazers finished the season with a 19-1 record, and included among their victories was a 6-0 record while winning the Fannett-Metal tournament in September.