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Canton field hockey team splits a pair of NCCC contests

Canton’s Katrina Giotsas brings the ball upfield in last week’s win over Somers. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

CANTON, Oct. 2 – The Canton High field hockey team split a pair of North Central Connecticut Conference contests last week. The Warriors blanked Somers, 5-0, for their fourth shutout victory of the season.

But two days later, Granby, ranked No. 7 in the state coaches poll, handed Canton a 2-1 defeat on the turf at the high school.

Canton (4-2-1, 2-1-1 NCCC) beat Somers for the ninth straight time with a dominating performance on the road. Ashley Huff scored two goals and now has a team-leading six goals in seven games. Julianna Iovine scored a pair of goals – her first of the season.

Abby Charron had a goal and four assists for the Warriors, who had 18 shots on goal. Canton goalie Jessica Szczepanski had her fourth shutout of the season making three saves in net.

Emily Gabriellian carries the ball last week against Somers. She had an assist in Canton’s 2-1 loss to Granby last Thursday. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

Against undefeated Granby, the Warriors got a goal from Charron – her fifth of the season – off an assist from Emily Gabriellian. Szczepanski made 11 saves in goal as the Bears extended their winning streak over Canton to eight consecutive games dating back to the 2013 campaign.

Canton has just one game this week when they travel to Suffield on Thursday, Oct. 5, to face the Wildcats. Next week, coach Margaret Bristol’s team has three home games with contests against Stafford (Oct. 10), Somers (Oct. 12) and Haddam-Killingworth with an 9 a.m. start on Saturday, October 14.

The Warriors will host a night game on the turf field on Thursday, Oct. 19 when they face Lewis Mills at 6 p.m.

Canton’s Christine Babbitt (2) has her eye on the ball in last week’s shutout win over Somers. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

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