Varsity Soccer Blanks OFA and Gouverneur, is Tied atop Central Division

Canton 10, Gouverneur 0

In their first league game since taking down the Shamrocks, the Bears silenced the Wildcats on Oct. 5. Canton’s starters scored four goals in the first 20 minutes. Junior Ryan Jones scored twice in the first four minutes, off of passes from junior Ethan Francey and senior Bradley Frank. A few minutes later, Frank scored a goal of his own off of a feed from senior Owen Hall. Junior Jonney Mclear scored to end the Bears’ first half scoring. The last 20 minutes of the half was played primarily by depth players, who also had a multitude of opportunities. Senior Michael Cogdill played a solid game on both sides of the ball.

The Bears solid first half translated into the second, where they added five more in the first 15 minutes. Jones completed the hat trick, and assisted Mclear’s second of the game. Junior Jacob Rosales added a goal of his own, which put the Bears up 7-0. Senior Vincent Nelson-Fuse blasted another into the net, and senior Josh Aldous assisted on both Frank’s second goal and senior Nate Romano’s goal. Sophomore goalie Jackson Ames only had one save, as the Bears’ defense shut down the Wildcat offense.

Canton 3, OFA 0

The long anticipated rematch between the bitter rivals took place on Friday, under the spotlight at the OFA turf. The Blue Devils were in desperate need of a statement win over a top team, and the Bears refused to let that happen.

Francey started off the scoring, with a screaming shot off of his left foot and into the net. Jones, who assisted Francey’s goal, was a part of a few more golden chances for the Bears, but they failed to capitalize. However Francey scorched another left foot shot into the net, this time off the feed from Nelson-Fuse. Coach Caufield noted that Francey was “playing on a different level.” Not only do the stats prove that, but the OFA defense would agree as well, as Francey gave them fits all night. The Bears went into the half with a 2-0 lead.

The second half was much more of an even battle. Despite the Bears dominance of possession, the Blue Devils had their share of opportunities. Ames and junior defensemen Griffin Scafidi-McGuire shot down the potential threats. Hall continued to dominate in the middle of the field, as he seemed to get to every loose ball and beat the Blue Devils to every punted ball. His skill with the ball led to him finding Nelson-Fuse with a brilliant pass that was put home for the Bears third and final goal of the game. Ames finished with an 11-save shutout, which marked his first back-to-back shutouts of the season.

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