Canton, Avon field hockey teams advance with a pair of 2-0 shutouts

Canton’s Emily Gabrielian (10) plays tough defense in Tuesday’s Class S tournament win over Valley Regional. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

DEEP RIVER, Nov. 7 – Emily Gabrielian scored two goals to lead the No. 10 Canton High field hockey team to a 2-0 win over No. 7 Valley Regional-Deep River on Tuesday in the second round of the Class S tournament.

Goalie Jessica Szczepanski didn’t have to make a single save in net to earn her sixth shutout of the season. The Warriors (8-5-3-1) outshot Valley by a 12-0 margin as the Canton defense didn’t give up a shot on net.

Abby Charron had the assist on the first half goal with 5:02 remaining in the half and had a second assist on the second goal with 2:20 remaining in the half.

Canton’s Ashley Huff (1) had one goal in Tuesday’s win over Valley Regional. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

Canton, who has won three of their last four games, advances to face No. 2 Granby (15-1-1), the NCCC champion, in Thursday’s quarterfinal with the action beginning at 4 p.m.

Goalie Mia Cost made 10 saves in net for Valley, which finishes the season with a 9-4-3 record.

Canton’s Julianna Iovine (3) carries the ball upfield in Tuesday’s win over Valley Regional. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

Avon 2, Joel Barlow 0
AVON, Nov. 7 – Jamie Rubenstein and Sarah Thomas scored as No. 6 Avon got back on the winning track with a 2-0 win over No. 11 Joel Barlow-Redding in the second round of Tuesday’s Class M tournament game.

The Falcons (9-4-1-3) went 1-4 in the final five games of the season with a pair of 1-0 overtime losses to Southington and South Windsor that counted as ties in earning points to qualify for the state tournament.

Avon advances to the Class M quarterfinals where they will face No. 3 Guilford (14-2-1) on Thursday night at 7 p.m. on the road.

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