The 2022 North Country Summer Soccer League kicked off last Wednesday, June 1 with a strong effort from the local Canton area team. Sponsored by Locke Design and Build, Stadium Sports Bar, and K&S Cropping, the Canton-based team opened the season strong with back-to-back convincing wins.
Last Sunday the team competed against Ogdensburg (Pepsi) and finished with an 8-2 victory. The game started off close with both teams trading goals for a 2-2 early tie, but Canton soon pulled away for a 5-2 halftime lead. The boys would then go on for 3 more goals in the second half to seal off the win.
Canton had points tallied by Ebuka Anonye (1g, 1a), Travis Jordan (3g, 2a), Holden Woods (1g, 1a), Connery Marsh (1g), Owen Hall (1g), Peyton Snell (1g, 1a), Collin Taylor (1a), and Stuart Ayers (2a). Canton keeper Jake Mattice had a strong effort with six saves in goal shielded by a stout defensive effort from Teagen Jordan, Kingsley Wesley and Jacob Oatman.
In the second game of the North Country Summer Soccer League season, the Canton (Locke Design and Build, Stadium Sports Bar, and K&S Cropping) men’s team put up another dominating effort in a 16-0 win over Heuvelton. Canton came out with a strong effort from the start, building a 6-0 halftime lead on goals from Peyton Snell (4g, 2a), Sam Martin (1g, 4a), and Travis Jordan (1g, 3a).
The team finished off the second half with points from Teagen Jordan (2g), Kingsley Wesley (1g), Nate Butler (3g), Stuart Ayers (1g), Nick Martinez (2g, 2a), Jake Mattice (1g), Jacob Oatman (1a), Owen Hall (1a). Canton started the game with Jake Mattice in goal, making two saves in the first half but was then relieved by 6 ft 4 in monster Jackson Gardner i ngoal. Gardner, making his keeper debut for the season, provided a strong backbone for the Canton defense in the second half making two saves, including a stellar close quarter save with under a minute left, to preserve the shutout for Canton.
Canton had a bye on Wednesday to rest up to then travel for their first away game of the season on Sunday at 6:30 p.m., where they will face-off against another top team in Potsdam CKON. This will prove to be the toughest test yet for the boys in red. Stay tuned next week to see if they can keep their unbeaten streak alive.