Calvary Christian scored on a penalty kick with a little over 13 minutes to play Saturday evening and defeated the Cumberland Valley Christian Blazers 3-2 in the Mason-Dixon Christian Conference boys soccer championship game at Shalom Christian.
The Blazers (11-4) fell into a two-goal hole early as Calvary headed in a shot that bounced off the crossbar and then took advantage of a ball that took a high bounce over the Blazer goalkeeper’s head.
“We came out in the first half and were lacking the communication to put the game away,” Blazers coach Stan Hott said.
The Blazers scored a goal as Ryan Winters assisted Wyatt Pine, who connected from in close to trim the lead to 2-1 entering halftime. However, Pine, the Blazers’ leading scorer, suffered an injury late in the first half and did not return to the game.
About midway through the second half, Caleb Eckert fired a left-footed shot into the upper left corner to tie the game. Nollin Egolf had the assist.
A few minutes later, the Blazers were called for a handball in the box, setting up Calvary’s game-winner.
“Noah Randolph had the game of his season,” Hott said. “He made two incredible come-from-behind goal-line saves to keep the game close. Ryan Winters and Elijah Randolph played several roles on the field and excelled at each position. Wyatt Pine played a remarkable game. He got injured at the end of the first and could not return. That put us down three starters, and we were missing three other main players tonight. Our subs really stepped up their game and filled in those spots.”