Boys Varsity Soccer Closes Regular Season with Win Over Potsdam

The Canton Golden Bears Boys Varsity Soccer team won their second straight game, this time against Potsdam, 2-1. The Bears stepped out onto the field starting all eight seniors for their senior night game. Fighting to win right off the bat, Canton possessed the ball and made excellent runs to score. A couple of high shots from the middle were all the Bears could muster early in the game, but sustained offensive pressure put the Potsdam Sandstoners in a bad spot, and the Bears found themselves with multiple corner kicks in the middle of the first half.

Their best chance was called a hand ball and the Bears went to work on defense. The veteran defensive corps played outstanding and led to even more offensive pressure for the Bears by moving up the field and becoming open for negative passes. A strong first half showing was not rewarded with a goal for either team, and to the second half Canton went.

The Bears looked to score and gain the lead, but it was a misplayed ball in the Canton defensive end that allowed Potsdam the first goal. After losing many games in the last few weeks by a late goal, everyone held their breath for how the Bears would respond. Not more than 2 minutes later, Canton got an offensive zone throw in, and Scott Ahlfeld threw it inside the 18 yard box. The ball bounced around, and Ryan Jones appeared to take the ball and score. The score was now tied at one apiece. The clock showed about 6 minutes remaining when the ball found its way to the right fullback, Daniel Rosser. Rosser booted the ball from in front of the Canton bench to the far post, finding Owen Hall who subsequently found the empty net on the far side. The Bears found themselves in a unique position, up a goal with little time on the clock, the opposite of what had happened the whole year. Facing a new challenge, the collective Canton defense was increased, with the Bears running a 4-4-2 instead of their usual 4-3-3.

Being tested by the Potsdam offense, it was time to see what the Bears could do. Three minutes passed without incident, and then Canton found themselves under a barrage of shots and crosses, all cleared out by the Canton goaltender Hayden Todd and the defensive prowess of Jack Filiatrault, Kaden Baxter, Chris Downs, and Rosser. The game finally came to an end, with the Bears finally on the winning end.

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