The Cumberland Valley Christian Blazers awoke after a sluggish start and defeated Faith Christian 8-1 Friday in a Mason-Dixon Christian Conference boys soccer game.
“We started off slow,” Blazers coach Stan Hott said. “Our chemistry was not there in the first half. We moved a few players around at halftime and got our chemistry back.”
The Blazers led 3-0 at halftime on a goal by Wyatt Pine off a corner kick and two goals by Max Crawford. Faith made it a bit interesting by scoring just a few minutes into the second half, but the Blazers answered with five straight goals.
Pine wound up with three goals, while Isaac Kauffeldt, Mario Wiesman and Nollin Egolf each added a goal. Picking up assists were Kauffeldt, Egolf, Wiesman, Josh Rowe, Noah Randolph, Elijah Randolph, Caleb Eckert and Blaine Minnier.
“Noah Randolph played his best game of the year,” Hott said. “He took the reins at center-back the first half and kept the other team from scoring. He played outside back the second half and created several scoring chances. Our three center attackers — known as the Highlight Reel, Wyatt, Max and Mario — played very well off each other. We are still learning and growing as a team. We are striving to hit our peak during the last two weeks of the season.”
The Blazers (9-1, 7-1 MDCC) host Calvary Friday in a showdown for the top seed in the league playoffs later this month. Faith fell to 2-5 MDCC.