Boys Soccer

Blazers top Shalom on penalty kick in OT

Cumberland Valley Christian’s Mario Wiesman drilled home a penalty kick in overtime to lift the Blazers to a 2-1 victory over Shalom Christian Friday in a Mason-Dixon Christian Conference boys soccer game.

A Blazer player was taken down inside the box, giving Wiesman the opportunity for the penalty kick. He sent it past a diving Shalom goalkeeper for the “golden goal” that ended the game at 3:41 of the overtime period.

Cumberland Valley Christian’s Ryan Winters takes control of the ball during the Blazers’ 2-1 win over Shalom Friday.

For all but a few minutes of the first half, the Blazers (3-1, 2-1 MDCC) applied constant pressure – one shot hit the post, another clanked off the crossbar, and they missed a penalty kick and had a few other point-blank opportunities – but all they had to show for it was a scoreless halftime tie.

“We controlled the game,” Blazers coach Stan Hott said. “We just could not find the target. We outpassed them, outshot them and were the first to every 50-50 ball. We just could not finish.”

Shalom (2-1 MDCC) took a 1-0 lead with about 20 minutes to play, but the Blazers took advantage of a Shalom foul when Josh Rowe sent a direct kick into the net from just outside the box to tie the game.

“Josh Rowe had an incredible game shutting down the passing lanes,” Hott said. “Wyatt (Pine) and Mario teamed up again to pull the defense apart and create loads of scoring opportunities. Caleb Eckert added the drive the team needed to get over the hump. We are going to work on our passing lanes and finishing to keep us from getting into these tight games in the future.”

Blazer goalkeeper Gabe Beckering was called upon to make five saves.