The Cumberland Valley Christian Blazers built a three-goal lead and then held off a late Shalom Christian charge to earn a 6-4 victory Tuesday night in a rain-soaked Mason-Dixon Christian Conference boys soccer game at Shalom, sending the Blazers to first place in the league.
The Blazers (8-1, 6-1 MDCC) led 2-1 at the half as Ryan Winters scored a pair of goals.
“We played well and controlled the game,” Blazers coach Stan Hott said. “We struggled during the first 30 minutes to find the back of the net, but Ryan Winters came in off the bench to open up the scoring with back-to-back goals. Ryan had his best game of the year. He positioned himself in the correct spots to hit some very well-placed shots.”
After halftime, the Blazers surged to a 5-2 lead in the game that was played during sometimes-heavy rain. Shalom (5-3 MDCC) battled back within 5-4, but the Blazers packed away the victory with a late insurance goal.
Wyatt Pine also scored two goals for the Blazers, and Elijah Randolph and Isaac Kauffeldt added a goal apiece. Pine also created two assists, while Winters, Kauffeldt, Mario Wiesman and Max Crawford each contributed one assist.
“Josh Rowe controlled the mid and shut down the Flames’ passing lanes,” Hott said. “Wyatt Pine, who was double teamed most of the game, was able to put in two goals and open up several scoring opportunities and connect on two assists. The Flames capitalized on our mistakes tonight. We are going to go back to practice and work hard on fixing those mistakes.”
The victory sets up a probable first-place showdown with Calvary on Oct. 9. On Friday, the Blazers play Faith Christian, which they defeated 9-0 a few weeks ago. Their 6-1 league record is just ahead of Calvary’s 5-1.