WESTMINSTER, Md. – The Cumberland Valley Christian Blazers opened their boys soccer season by holding off Carroll Christian 3-2 Friday in a non-league game.
The game had a different feel with both teams taking safety precautions because of COVID-19.
“The game started very differently with both teams warming up in mask,” Blazers coach Stan Hott said. “Everyone practiced social distancing.”
The Blazers took the early lead as freshman Mario Wiesman scored, but Carroll came back late in the half to tie the game.
“Josh Rowe did a great job controlling the midfield and shutting off Carroll’s passing lanes,” Hott said.
In the second half, Wiesman scored again, this time at the 62-minute mark. Six minutes later, junior Wyatt Pine scored his first CVCS goal to help the Blazers to a two-goal advantage. Carroll applied some drama late in the game by scoring a goal with about a minute to play.
“We showed a lot of good stuff but we also showed our weakness tonight,” Hott said. “We have some things to work on during practices this week.”
Max Crawford had two assists and Caleb Eckert added one for the Blazers, who held a 2-1 edge in corner kicks.
The Blazers begin defense of their Mason-Dixon Christian Conference title at Calvary Christian next Friday. The Blazers beat Calvary 3-0 in last year’s MDCC championship game.