Canton 6, Malone 1
The Bears hosted the Huskies on Oct. 11 for Canton’s senior night. While the game was filled with excitement, ultimately the focus was turned to the senior ceremony. The game consisted of what has become a constant for the Bears, juniors Ethan Francey and Ryan Jones controlling the offense while senior Owen Hall manned the rest. Sophomore Jackson Ames played another solid game in net, allowing just one lone goal.
Coach Matt Caufield took time after the game to recognize his 14 seniors, who are Josh Aldous, Nolan Bombard, Michael Cogdill, Noah Curry, Bradley Frank, Ethan Gibbons, Owen Hall, Jack Kerrigan, Zak Moumen, Vincent Nelson-Fuse, Jacob Olmstead, Nate Romano, Christian Simons, and Caleb Young.
This year’s senior class included very talented and athletic soccer players. Despite injuries and other various roadblocks, these players have all succeeded in positively affecting the Canton soccer program, whether it be Varsity or Pee-Wee. There were a significant amount of Canton soccer parents and alumni at Coach Caufield’s ceremony to show their appreciation and respect to the seniors. There was no better way to end the last ever regular season game played on Roger Dusharm Field.
Massena 4, Canton 2
The Bears knew that the only way they could win the Central Division outright was to beat the Red Raiders. Canton traveled to Massena on Friday night, looking to do just that. Unfortunately, Massena ripped 4 shots past Ames in a 12 minute span to take a 4-1 lead. The lone Canton goal in the first half came off of a bizarre play, which ended up with Red Raider goalie Colin Patterson rolling into his own net with Frank’s shot still in his grasp. It seemed as though Massena capitalized on every opportunity they had in the first half, whereas the Bears couldn’t capitalize on theirs.
Canton came out and dominated the second half. Junior Jonney Mclear had one of his best games of the year, despite not scoring in the game. Junior Jacob Rosales finally capitalized off of a pass from Jones, which cut the Raider lead down to just two. The Bears couldn’t add any more, and their best chance was a Jones shot that was saved by a diving Patterson, who finished with 13 saves. Ames recorded eight of his own in the disappointing loss, which set the Bears one game back of Salmon River for the Central Division lead.
Canton 3, Potsdam 0
The Bears traveled to Potsdam Monday night to play the Sandstoners. Looking for a big bounce back win, the Bears came out and dominated a solid Potsdam squad. Despite only going into the half with a 1-0 lead, the Bears knew they were in control. Rosales scored the goal, but others did their part as well. Mclear continued to play very well, and Francey was giving Potsdam’s defense fits. Jones and Nelson-Fuse dominated the middle of the field, and Hall won every head ball that he could.
The Bears began to unload in the second half. Mclear scored a beautiful left footed goal off of a pass from Francey. The Bears defense spoiled both free kicks and corner kicks, and Ames made some big saves. Romano tacked on and insurance goal with eight minutes left, and the Bears kept Ames’ shutout intact. He has not allowed Potsdam to score this year, and recorded six saves in the winning effort.