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Canton booters (3-0-1) have scored 25 goals in first four games

Against Hartford Classical Magnet, Junior Jackson Miner (24) became the first Canton player to score four goals in a game since 2012. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

CANTON, Sept. 23 – The Canton High boys soccer team is off to a great start in the 2019 campaign with three wins in their first four games.

The Warriors (3-0-1, 3-0-1 NCCC) have scored 25 goals in their first four games while allowing six. Junior Jackson Miner, who scored 20 goals a year ago for Canton, has scored eight goals in four games including four goals against Hartford Classical last week.

Miner is the first Canton player with four goals in a single game since Jim Spatcher scored four against Coventry in October 2012.

Canton began the season with a 2-2 overtime tie with Windsor Locks and followed that with a 7-3 win on the road against Stafford. The Warriors whipped Hartford Classical, 10-1 last week before earning their first shutout of the season on Monday with a 6-0 win over East Windsor.

Miner had two goals in the opener against Windsor Locks and two goals in the win over Stafford. Senior Chris Tenczar had two goals against Stafford while Ty Aleksa, Griffin Weller and Ryker Bahre each had single goals.

Miner had four goals against Classical while Tenczar, Aleksa, Devin Brown, Wells Tanner, Jack Freedenberg and Nick Jaeggi each had one goal each. The last time that Canton had 10 goals in a game was in 24 years ago in 1995 when the Warriors beat Stafford and Somers by 10-0 scores.

Junior Wells Tanner has scored twice in the last two games for the Warriors. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

On Monday, goalie Evan Moore made six saves in net to earn the shutout in a 6-0 victory over East Windsor. The Warriors got single goals from Tenczar, Weller, Tanner, Spencer Mix and Kyle Maher.

The Warriors return to action on Wednesday night when they host East Granby on the turf field beginning at 7 p.m.

The 21st annual Saturday doubleheader under the lights with the girls soccer program is scheduled for Saturday. The boys will face Bolton at 5 p.m. with the girls facing the Bolton girls at 7 p.m. at the turf field.

This is the 55th season of varsity soccer in Canton and the 31st season for head coach Bill Phelps behind the bench.

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 40 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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