HAGERSTOWN, MD. >> No. 1-seeded Shalom Christian closed out its season on a high note Saturday afternoon, winning the Mason-Dixon Christian Conference championship for the first time since 2008 with a narrow victory over No. 2 Shenandoah Valley.
"I was so proud of the team today," first-year Shalom coach Chris Lehman said. "They played a tremendous game. Shenandoah Valley is a great team and they made us work for it. It was a high quality game back and fourth – just what you would hope for in the championship."
The lone goal for the Flames was scored by Tucker King, who was fed the ball in the middle of the box by Jonah Stains, who crossed it from the right flank. King ran onto the ball and shot, netting the only goal of the game with six minutes remaining in the first half.
Shalom out-shot the Patriots 11-5, but felt pressure from Shenandoah's defense, which limited the Flames to just two corner kicks.
"Its been a privilege to coach these guys," Lehman said. "I'm glad we were able to win the championship, especially for the three seniors."
Sophomore keeper Travis West had four saves for the Flames.
Shalom Christian 1
Shenandoah Valley 0
First half — (SC) Tucker King, asst. Jonah Stains. 34th min.
Shots — SV 5, SC 11; Corner kicks — SV 5, SC 2; Saves — SV 3 (Luke Shollenberger), SC 4 (Travis West).