From Staff Reports
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Tournament Most Valuable Player Caleb Snyder scored a goal and assisted on another to lead Calvary Christian Academy to a 2-0 victory over Shalom Christian Academy and the Mason-Dixon Christian Conference championship Saturday afternoon.
Snyder assisted Conor Wilson’s goal with 30 minutes to play in the first half and then gave the Eagles a 2-0 lead with his unassisted goal with 13 minutes to play in the game.
The Eagles (18-3) repeated as conference champions.
Calvary, the third seed in the Maryland Christian Schools state tournament, will host sixth seed Greater Grace Academy on Tuesday, 4 p.m., at Cresaptown’s Liberty Field. The winner will play either Mount Airy Christian Academy or Tri-State Academy on Thursday.
“Shalom goalie Logan Benton had an outstanding game as he kept the score at 2-0 and allowed Shalom to stay in the game,” said Calvary head coach Zach Ward.
The Eagles dominated play, out-shooting Shalom 27-8 in shots on goal and had twice as many corner kicks at 6-3.
Goalie Matt Dillow made nine saves for the Eagles while Benton stopped 14 for Shalom.
Along with Snyder, Dillow, Daniel Oaks and Zach Mason were all named to the all-tournament team.
“We felt snubbed that we didn’t have the regular season MVP, so winning the conference championship made the taste a little sweeter to the players than to get the individual award.
“The girls (volleyball team) set the bar very high,” Ward said. “This is the first time both teams have swept the fall championships.”
Calvary came from behind to defeat Heritage 3-2 for the MDCC volleyball championship on Saturday as well.
The Eagles soccer team set school records for 14 straight victories and 16 straight conference wins.
“I believe that the area schools don’t believe in the caliber of play that we have here and in our conference,” said Ward. “We have to travel over an hour for every away game and that takes a toll on our players.
“With the parody of our conference, to win back-to-back championships — this isn’t the first time, we did it 2004-05 — and to be in the finals eight of the last 11 years and win it four of the last eight speaks volumes about our consistency of the program we have at Calvary.”
The Eagles allowed only one goal in three playoff games while scoring eight.