CANTON, October 31 – It was mid-October and the Canton High field hockey team was reeling. The Warriors lost to Conard, 6-2 and it was the fourth loss in the last five games for Canton, which was three games under .500 with a 4-7 record.
But since that October afternoon, the Warriors have rebounded. They won four of their final five games to finish at 8-8 and enter this week’s Class S tournament on a roll.
No. 13 Canton (8-8) will travel to No. 4 Westbrook (13-1-2) on Tuesday for a 2 p.m. contest. It will be the second game of the year between the two teams. The Purple Knights prevailed in the first contest in mid-October with a 1-0 decision.
Canton closed out the season with 20 goals in their final five games with a 1-0 win over Lewis Mills on October 22, a 6-2 rout of Shepaug Valley, a 4-1 win over Mills four days later, a big 8-2 victory over E.O. Smith-Storrs and one goal in a 2-1 loss to Northwestern on Halloween.
Leading scorer Abby Charron (15 goals) has scored seven goals in the last five games. Fiona McNally has scored 11 goals on the season while Leightyn Antarsh and Ashley Huff have scored seven goals each.
The biggest scoring output of the season came in the 8-2 win over E.O. Smith in Storrs. Huff had two goals in the win while Charron, McNally, Antarsh, Oliva Richardson and Madi Bahre each scored goals. It was the most one-sided victory for the Warriors since beating Somers, 8-0, in 2016.
Canton 8, E.O. Smith 2
Canton (8-7) 5 3 — 8
E.O. Smith (3-11-1) 1 1 — 2
Goals: Leighton Antarsh (Ca), Abby Charron (Ca), Fiona McNally (Ca) 2 , Ashley Huff (Ca) 2, Olivia Richardson (Ca), Madi Bahre (Ca), Gabrielle Petrone (EOS), Courtney Schoeplein (EOS); Assists – Huff, Bahre, Charron 2, Taylor Richardson (Ca)
NCCC 2018 field hockey
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