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High school soccer: Canton sweeps into states

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CANTON — A pair of two-goal games produced a pair of champions from the same school as Canton swept the Section 10 Class B boys and girls championships not far from home base Monday night at SUNY Canton.

Josh Huiatt and Jake Facey scored goals for the Canton boys in a 2-0 victory over Ogdensburg Free Academy in the late game. Goaltender Scott Wight highlighted the defensive effort with a strong 12-save showing.

Canton moves onto state play where it will play the Section 7/Section 2 winner on Friday night at SUNY Canton.

In the girls game, Canton’s Tory Daly outraced the Potsdam defense on a pass up field by Emma Collins and scored a breakaway goal in overtime to lead Canton to the 2-1 victory. Canton moves on to place Saranac Central in the first round of the state tournament Wednesday.

BOYS

CANTON 2, OFA 0

Staunch defense and timely scoring has been the hallmark of Canton boys soccer in the tenure of coach Matt Caufield.

The formula was never more apparent than Monday night when the 14-3-1 Golden Bears withstood waves of offensive pressure by OFA to secure the championship victory.

Goalie Wight and an entrenched Canton defensive backfield denied the Devils, who fashioned a 19-5 shots-on-goal advantage.

“The guys in front of me, Evan LaPoint, Shawn Rodee, Ryan Caldwell and Keegan Sovie all played crazy good tonight and have all year. We all communicate so well,” said Wight after the Bears followed up a 1-0 win over Potsdam in the semifinals.

“I knew I had to be extremely focused tonight and never lose sight of the ball. Especially on the restarts,” Wight added. “Everyone played very well tonight and we managed to hold them off.”

The Devils pressed to take early control but missed penalty shot in the eighth minute and then got stung when Canton’s sophomore striker duo of Huiatt and Facey scored six minutes apart.

With 28 minutes, 18 seconds remaining in the first half, Huiatt ran onto a skip header by Rodee and scoredfrom the left flank just inside the goalpost.

The Devils countered with near misses in the space of two minutes. But Canton struck for the all-important second goal.

Facey converted from short range past OFA keeper Jake Sias (3 saves) after taking a one-touch feed from Matt Mende at 22:43.

GIRLS

CANTON 2, POTSDAM 1 (OT)

What was good enough to capture the Section 10 Class C title last season was good enough to claim the Class B crown this year for the Canton girls team.

“We have gotten progressively better since the start of the season and we talk a lot about peaking at the right time,” said Canton coach Greg Kiah after his team outlasted defending champion Potsdam. “We have definitely been playing our best soccer the second half of the season and we played very well tonight.”

Canton improved to 14-4 overall and will take on Section 7 champion Saranac Central at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday at SUNY Canton.

Canton overcame a 1-0 halftime deficit by striking for a goal early in the second half then producing Daly’s game-winner with time winding down in the first 10-minute overtime session.

Potsdam (13-3-2) didn’t manage its first shot until the 34th minute but made the most of it on senior Ally Miller’s goal with 6:16 left in the first half.

The Bears wasted little time producing the equalizer as Lauren Smith converted Lindsay Proulx’s corner kick 1:31 into the second half.

In overtime, the Bears quickly moved the ball down the wing and sent it deep into the Potsdam zone where a clearing attempt was intercepted by Collins on the Canton side of midfield. Collins wasted no time sending the ball ahead toward the right. Teammate Daly outraced the Potsdam defense and went in to score a breakaway goal from just inside the penalty area with 22 seconds left.

“We split our games with Canton this year and both ended up being one-nothing so we knew this was going to be the same type of game,” said coach Joe Stark.



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