The Bears varsity girls soccer team faced a top competitor early in the week and sent off the seniors with a win later on.

The Bears beat the Gouverneur Wildcats 2-1 on Tuesday night. They shutout St. Lawrence Central, with a score of 6-0,  on Thursday. The SLC game was the final home game of the regular season. The Lady Bears play Ogdensburg and Salmon River away this coming week to complete their regular season. 

Tuesday night’s game was evenly matched and was a challenge for the Bears. The scoring started when Gouverneur’s Riley Storrin chipped the ball up and over Dent. With 11 minutes left in the half after the goal, the Bears attempted to tie it up. However, they were unable to capitalize. 

Going into the second half the Bears knew they would have to make a few adjustments and work even harder. The Lady Bears kept their composure even when the game got chippy. Four minutes into the half there was a foul in the box. Jenni Haycook used this opportunity to tie it up. This allowed the Bears to gain momentum and dominate offensively. Ten minutes later, a player that has faced adversity throughout this season proved success takes time. Claire Craig’s goal was her first varsity point and it allowed Canton to win the game. The Bears domination was evident by looking at the corner kicks. The Bears had 12, while the Wildcats had 0.  The Bears looked to use this win going into the rest of the season. 

The Bears faced the Larries on Thursday Night. This game was Pink Night and Senior Night, so it meant a lot to them.  However, these factors became a distraction for the Bears. Even though they were able to put one in to make it 1-0 within the first five minutes, the Bears weren’t playing to their full potential. They were not attacking and SLC had opportunities to score. The Bears put another one in later in the half but still had work to do. 

After halftime the Lady Bears realized they needed to step up and play a better game. They were able to do so, and began scoring. Goal scorers for Canton were Hannah Reed, Etta Coburn, Megan Laflair, and Jenni Haycook. More importantly the Bears were able to shutout SLC. Senior goalie, Abbi Dent mentally stayed in the game all 80 minutes, allowing for the shutout to happen. The Bears continue to show teams what relentless defense looks like.

Seniors honored on Thursday Night were Katie Chisolm, Bailee Bessete, Abbi Dent, Jenni Haycook, Molly Finnerty, and Maddy Bertrand. All of them have had a tremendous impact on the Bears season and will continue to lead the way for the rest of it. 

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