AVON – The rivalry between Canton and Avon has been the most competitive in field hockey. Despite Avon’s recent dominance in the series, it is believed to be the only sport where Canton has an edge in the overall series that dates back to 1972.
Avon’s players didn’t forget Canton’s victory in the season opener a year ago. The Warriors prevailed, 1-0, on a penalty stroke, beating the Falcons for the first time since 2007. “This week before the game, the players reminded each other of that fact. They did that on their own,” Avon coach Terri Ziemnicki said. “It’s a serious game.”
Avon came out and took care of business on Thursday improving to 4-0 with a dominating 2-0 decision over Canton. Shelly George scored a pair of goals in the first half for Avon, which owned a 14-1 advantage in shots on goal and a 12-1 advantage in penalty corners. Emily Stross and Hannah Deppe each had assists for Avon.
“We played together well,” Ziemnicki said. “We’re utilizing the strengths we have and working on the things we need to work on. It’s a matter of gaining confidence in ourselves and getting comfortable.”Continue Reading