The Cumberland Valley Christian Blazers broke away from a 1-1 halftime tie and went on to knock off Calvary Christian 3-1 Friday in a Mason Dixon Christian Conference boys soccer game.
The Blazers (6-1-1, 4-1 MDCC) went ahead 1-0 just under 10 minutes into the match, but Calvary managed a goal to tie it by halftime. The Blazers then took control with two second-half scores.
“The key to our success was the dynamic duo of wingers Titus Hott and Bradley Stayman, whose exceptional speed and precise crosses left the Calvary defense scrambling,” said Blazers coach Stan Hott. “Cort Stouffer, the player of the game, demonstrated his versatility by starting on the wing and later moving to the central defensive midfield position. Stouffer’s control of the midfield was nothing short of stellar, as he consistently denied Calvary’s midfielders any chance to gain momentum.”
Gage Brookens scored a pair of goals for the Blazers. Landon Kellogg added the other goal. Recording assists were Stayman, Christian Booher and Gabe Beckering.
Beckering recorded 16 saves in goal.
“What truly stood out throughout the match was our unwavering commitment to learning and exploiting the opponent’s weaknesses,” Hott said.
Calvary, which won the last three MDCC championships, fell to 2-2-1 in the league. The Blazers play at Shalom (3-0 MDCC) at 7 p.m. Tuesday.