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Soccer teams win openers, struggle in game 2

CANTON, Sept. 19 — Ryan Gallagher had two goals to lead the Canton boys soccer team to a 5-1 win over East Windsor on opening day. Jon Phelps, Ryan Lochner and Steve Carpenter added solo goals in the victory. But two days later, Somers handed Canton (1-1, 0-0 NCCC) a 4-0 defeat.

GIRLS SOCCER: Shiny Douglas, Morgan Smith and Katie Talbot each had two goals in a 6-0 shutout of East Windsor on opening day. However, Somers handed Canton (1-1, 0-0 NCCC) its first loss two days later in a 4-2 decision. Lucy Mentzer and Allie Coutu scored for the Warriors in the loss.

CROSS COUNTRY: Brian Magna won the first race of the season with a time of 17:41 at Stratton Brook Park to lead the Canton boys (3-0, 3-0 NCCC) to three victories over Ellington, 18-42, Granby, 16-46 and Coventry, 15-48. Canton had four of the top five runners in the race. Mike LeDuc was second in 18:06 with Kevin Kurnat taking fourth (18:45) and Jon Cahill finishing fifth in 18:46. Neil Furtney was seventh in 19:03.

On the girls side, the Warriors (0-3, 0-3 NCCC) were swept, losing to Granby, 17-44, Coventry, 17-48 and Ellington, 18-42. There were no Canton runners among the top 10 finishers.

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 30 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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