Canton Men’s League Summer Soccer team (Locke Design and Build, Canton Sergi’s, Josie’s Pizzeria, Stadium Sports Bar, K&S Cropping, and Potsdam Little Italy) has remained undefeated through 11 games of the season and is in sole possession of first place in the league.
On Wednesday July 13, the boys in red hosted Potsdam (Duff’s) at Canton Central School. The game ended in a 1-1 tie between two of the top teams in the league. Canton gave up a late second half goal off an own goal from a Potsdam corner kick, where the ball deflected around the box and into their own net giving Potsdam the 1-0 lead. But the boys never gave up and battled back with a late equalizer as they always seem to do, and notched the game up at one apiece with about two minutes left to go on a goal scored by Ebuka Anonye (2G, 1A) assisted by Sam Martin (1G, 5A).
The game would go on to end in a tie, as there is no overtime in the regular season. Jake Mattice finished the game strong in net for Canton making 5 saves on the day. Canton’s record is now 4W-0L-4T, going into a tough matchup at Harrisville on Wednesday July 20.
On July 20, the boys in red traveled all the way to Harrisville Central School to take on the newest team in the league. Harrisville is no push over, as they have battled with every team they have played this year. In the first half, Canton controlled much of the game with several chances on goal but could not provide a finishing touch as it would go to half at 0-0. Coming out strong in the second half, the boys kept the pressure on. Finally, off a tricky corner kick play, Jacob Oatman (2A) played a nice pass to Travis Jordan (10G, 7A) who would put the ball in the back of Harrisville’s net for the 1-0 lead.
Canton would go onto seal the game off on a beautiful, volleyed finish from Peyton Snell (10G, 5A), assisted off a corner kick from Sam Martin (1G, 6A). Jake Mattice provided another strong effort between the pipes for Canton, making five saves once again, for the shutout. Kingsley Owusu, Jacob Oatman, Jake Facey, and Nate Aldous all contributed to a great defensive effort for the boys in back. The game would end at 2-0 with Canton pulling off another late victory and continuing their unbeaten streak. Canton’s record is now 5-0-4 on the season.
On Sunday July 24, Canton defended their home turf with another victory against the top ranked Salmon River (CKON) team. This was a crazy, back and forth game between two of the top teams in the division. Canton struck early with a goal from Peyton Snell (13G, 5A) on a tidy finish in the bottom corner of the net, assisted by Ebuka Anonye (2G, 2A). Canton would go on to take a 2-0 lead a few minutes later, on a goal from Nick Martinez (4G, 2A). Martinez would capitalize on a turnover from CKON, take on the defender 1v1, megged him, and then finished it off placing it in the side netting for the goal. CKON would answer back with a goal, making it 2-1 going into the halftime break.
The boys in red came out with a strong second half effort capitalizing on a mistake by the CKON keeper. The ball was fumbled by the keeper, where Peyton Snell (13G, 5A) pushed the ball across the goal line, making it 3-1 for Canton. The game would go back and forth, leading to an eventual 3-3 tie with about 25 minutes left.
But Canton wasn’t settling for another tie this time around. Peyton Snell (13G, 5A) would finish off another tidy low cross from Stuart Ayers (2G, 4A) to place Canton in the lead once again, 4-3. Travis Jordan (11G, 7A) would score from long range, on a pass from Sam Martin (1G, 8A) providing some relief for Canton, giving them a 2-goal advantage with about 10 minutes left in the game. Nick Martinez (4G, 2A) would score his second goal of the game to finish it off on another long-range assist from Sam Martin (1G, 8A) sealing the deal for a Canton win, and a 6-3 final score. Jake Mattice with 8 saves, and the Canton defense came up big in the second half shutting down any chances CKON would have. Canton record is now 6W-0L-4T.
Wednesday July 27, Canton would take on the Colton Men’s league soccer team for the second time this season, this time at home at Canton Central School. Canton would come out to an early 2-0 lead. Travis Jordan (13G, 8A) would convert a penalty for Canton after a Colton defender was called for a hand ball in the box. Jordan (13G, 8A) would score again a few minutes later on a long-distance shot, off a beautiful pass from teammate Ebuka Anonye (2G, 3A). Colton would battle back to make it 2-1 heading into the halftime break.
Coming out of the intermission, Colton would tie the game up a few minutes into the 2nd half at 2-2. Both teams created multiple chances in trying to take the lead. Canton would capitalize on a goal from Lleyton Ladue (2G) off a back door finish on the far post, on a nice slide pass from Nick Martinez (4G, 3A) to make it 3-2 in Canton’s favor. Ladue (2G) would score his 2nd goal of the game and season, to make it 4-2 Canton. Ladue was at the back post, brought down the ball with one touch, and would provide a tidy finish on an assist from Travis Jordan (13G, 8A). Colton would attempt to tie it up late, but could only manage one goal, leaving the game to end with a 4-3 Canton win. Jake Mattice would make 7 saves in net for Canton, putting in another strong effort as the backbone of the Canton defense. Teagen Jordan, Kingsley Owusu, Jacob Oatman, Nate Aldous, and Jake Facey would all contribute admirably as well.
Canton is now 7-0-4 on the season, and in sole possession of first place in the league, with one game left to play. Stay tuned to see how they finish the regular season!
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