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Roundup: Strong start for field hockey, soccer, cross country

CANTON, Sept. 19 — The Canton field hockey team got its season off to a good start with a 2-1 win over Somers at home. Kassie Grecula had a goal and an assist while Katherine Eich also scored a goal. Goalie Kayla Fournier earned the win in net.

SOCCER: In girls soccer, Morgan Smith had two goals in Canton’s 2-1 season opening victory over Somers at Bowdoin Field while in boys soccer, Jeff Lochner’s two goals were not enough in a 4-2 loss to Somers on the road.

CROSS COUNTRY: The Canton girls are off to a 3-0 start with 15-50 shutout  victories over Somers, Enfield and Stafford. Deanna Nappi (20:21) beat teammate Kenda Asklof by 20 seconds to win the 3.1 mile race at Stafford.

On the boys side, defending NCCC champion Canton extended its dual meet win streak to 21 with 15-50 shutout wins over Somers, Enfield and Stafford. Canton had nine of the top 10 runners in the race. Jon Cahill won the race in 17:59 with Nick Chekas (18:03) edging out teammate Ned Furtney (18:05) for second place. Kevin Kurnat and Evan Camporeale rounded out the top five.

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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