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Improvement wasn’t enough for Canton girls soccer to earn tournament berth

Canton senior Abby Treacy battles for the ball in the season finale against Windsor Locks. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

CANTON – The Canton High girls soccer team showed plenty of improvement on the field this fall.

It wasn’t enough to earn an invitation to the Class S tournament but there were plenty of good moments for the Warriors under second-year coach Alexandra Uscilla.

The first win of the season came with a 2-1 overtime win in September over Rockville, a team that won 10 games and qualified for the Class L tournament. The Warriors beat Somers, 2-1 and blanked Hartford Classical, 5-0, during the annual boys and girls doubleheader played under the lights in Canton.

Canton’s Maya Sutton-Hall dribbles downfield in a 3-2 win over Windsor Locks. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

Senior Abby Treacy, who began the year in goal but played the second half of the season in the field, had two goals in the win over Classical while Chelsea Mitchell, Paige Brown and Julia Langou had goals. Alexa Neeley had one save to earn the shutout.

“Overall, we improved in many ways, especially in the communication between players on the field and our additional shots on goal,” Uscilla said.

Mitchell, a sophomore, was the team’s leading scorer with eight goals while Brown, Treacy and Maddie Archangelo had three goals each.

Canton’s Allison Celmer (3) looks to control the ball in the season-ending win over Windsor Locks, 3-2. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

Canton (4-10-2) finished the season with a 3-2 win over Windsor Locks on the road with Mitchell, Treacy and Archangelo scoring goals. Neeley made 14 stops in net to earn the victory for the Warriors.

Canton played a rare varsity match at Bowdoin Field, tying Ellington, 1-1, in early October. The Purple Knights won nine games this season. Since 2014, most varsity soccer games have been played on the new artificial turf surface at the high school.

Most of the team will return next fall. There were just two seniors on this year’s squad.

Canton goalie Alexa Neeley makes one of 14 stops in the win over Windsor Locks. Neeley had two wins in Canton’s final three games. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

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.

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