The Cumberland Valley Christian Blazers found the back of the net less than a half-minute into the game Thursday and went on to defeat Shalom Christian 4-1 in the Mason-Dixon Christian Conference boys soccer semifinals.
Wyatt Pine scored the goal on an assist from Felix Kauffeldt, who delivered one of his acrobatic flip throw-ins that Pine sent into the net just 28 seconds into the game. Pine scored again at the seven- and 14-minute marks, putting the Blazers up 3-0.
“Wyatt Pine came out on a mission today,” Blazers coach Stan Hott said. “He put his first goal in the back of the net just 28 seconds into the game. It was like there was a magnet in the back of the net when he shot, and the ball was attracted to that spot.”
The Blazers (11-3) went up 4-0 on a goal by Elijah Randolph midway through the first half. They withstood a Shalom goal on a direct kick with about 12 minutes left in the game to advance to the title game Saturday against Calvary Christian, a 5-0 semifinal winner over Faith Christian.
“The team came out fast and on fire,” Hott said. “We dominated the first half, and by the end of the game, we were running on fumes.”
Pine, Mario Wiesman and Ryan Winters also had assists for the Blazers.
“We had several key players out, and the subs really stepped up when we needed it,” Hott said. “Sam Shunk and Nollin Egolf did a great job tonight. They helped fill the holes for Blaine (Minnier), Max (Crawford) and Aaron (Minnier), who were out.”
The second-seeded Blazers (11-3) will play top-seeded Calvary Christian at 7 p.m. Saturday at Shalom for the MDCC championship in a rematch of the last two MDCC title games. The teams have split the last two title games, with Calvary winning 4-1 two years ago and the Blazers earning a 3-0 victory last year.
Calvary beat the Blazers twice this year, both times by 2-1 scores.
Third-seeded Shalom will play fourth-seeded Faith Christian in the consolation game at 5 p.m.