The Bears struck late in the contest to seal their 2-0 win over Norwood-Norfolk. A similar start as many other games this season had the Bears scoreless after the first half. They were passing the ball well and created multiple scoring chances but couldn’t convert. Canton managed to keep it out of their end the majority of the time and dominated in time of possession, but no scoring resulted in a frustrating first half that boiled over into the second.

Estabrooks takes a shot in their win over Norwood. (Photo courtesy of Sam Sieminski)

The second half was the same story as the first with multiple blown chances producing no results. Emily Estabrooks had a shot that hit both the crossbar and the post. It seemed like nothing would fall until a bad pass by Norwood-Norfolk with seven minutes left set Emily Estabrooks up in front of the net for Canton’s first goal. Shortly afterwards, Sydney Francis put one top left from behind the right side of the 18-yard box. The Bears improved to 6-1 at the midway point on the season.

A familiar pattern is emerging in the Canton Golden Bears girls’ soccer season. Low scoring wins coming off penalty shots have dominated their season and was the story once again in their 1-0 win over Gouverneur. An early hand ball in the box led to a penalty kick. The Bears turned to their go-to PK scorer Gabby Taylor who capitalized on the opportunity and netted the only goal of the game.

The fifth consecutive shutout was led by a strong defensive performance. Abby Woodruff had multiple clutch saves and the defensive trio of Alguire, Filiatrault, and Martin stood strong. Multiple clears and good communication held the Wildcats scoreless. The Bears move to 7-1 on the season.

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