Bears Maul Blue Devils 3-2
The boys modified soccer team opened their season with a home victory over the Ogdensburg Blue Devils 3-2. Canton started the scoring early when eighth grader Colden Francey found the back of the net off a free kick from just outside the box.
The Blue Devils would respond quickly with a goal of their own to tie it up at 1. However, the Bears’ resiliency would not allow the momentum to shift, as Francey would score his second of the game off a feed from midfielder Tommy Creurer. Francey would then complete the hat trick in the first half off of a pass from midfielder Nate Gidney, putting the Bears up 3-1 headed into halftime.
Shortly into the second half, Ogdensburg would cut the lead to one after a failed clearing attempt by the Bears had the ball ricochet into the back of the net. However, the Bears defense was able to shut down the Blue Devils in the fourth quarter to preserve the lead and take home the 3-2 victory.
Players of the game went to Colden Francey, who finished with three goals and a solid defensive effort and Robert Palmer, who was outstanding, stopping many potential scoring opportunities and keeping the Bears ahead.
Golden Bears win in Malone 2-1
The modified boys took on one of their biggest challenges of the season, the Malone Huskies away, and walked away with a 2-1 victory.
The first quarter was back and forth and both teams found scoring opportunities but neither was able to capitalize. In the second it was the Huskies who struck first, tucking one in the bottom corner to take the lead 1-0. However, the Golden Bears held strong together and were able to tie the game 1-1 shortly before halftime. It was Jackson Zebedee finding the low corner after receiving the offensive entry pass from seventh grader Tommy Creurer. It was Jackson’s first career goal as a modified athlete.
Early in the second half the Bears were awarded a free kick in the offensive zone. Midfielder Aaron Rosales was able to put it deep in the box. Defender Will McDonough placed a hard shot on goal which forced a big rebound and eighth grader Kevyn Morrisey was able to find the ball out of the air and finish it into the back of the net.
Owen Logan stood tall in the net throughout the fourth quarter to preserve the lead and secure the win 2-1.
Players of the game went to goalie Owen Logan who was stout and confident in net throughout the contest, and midfielder Aaron Rosales who quarterbacked the offense and midfield effort, winning many 50/50 balls and providing a solid defensive effort.
The Bears are back in action this Thursday at home vs. the Massena Red Raiders. Kickoff is at 4:30 p.m.