Canton Field Hockey Dominates Stoughton
By Ben Aronson
On Monday, September 17th, the girls' field hockey team hosted the Stoughton Black Knights down at Memorial Field. The Bulldogs won by a score of 5-0 over the long time Canton rival.
The night was almost as perfect as the way the lady dogs played. The team picked up where they left off after a huge 2-1 win against Franklin last week. Junior captain Kaitlyn Goyech scored one goal and assisted on the other four goals, while Senior Maggie Malloy scored two, leaving her with four on the season, after scoring two against Franklin. To round out the scoring, seniors Maggie Connolly and Shannon Crowley each netted one goal.
Sophomore Goalie Riley O'Connor also got her first shut out of the season, and junior Rose Malloy and sophomores Allie Gefteas and Meghan Labelle played a strong game.
Early on, it seemed as if the dogs came out slow, however they soon scored in bunches. “It was a rough start off the whistle but we turned it around quick and scored three in the first,” says Maggie Malloy, “[We] finished the first half with a dominating offensive game with the help of the defense keeping the ball in the O zone”.
As importantly as the score, the Bulldogs looked like they were just having a great time out there. The bench and the student section were loud and proud as this team dominated play. “It was a fun game to play and try new skills” added Senior captain Molly Cummings.
Most of the team's bench got in the game and continued to get the ball into Stoughton's zone, and it was overall just an amazing effort. Fan Rose Gefteas stated that she “admired the tireless effort that the girls put forward. They seemed to be giving 110% every second of the game”.
“This team looks really good this year,” added fan Simon Cruz. “They had a great first game and an even better second game. I’m excited to watch this team play.”
Any concerns there were about the amount of seniors this team lost last season should be gone as the dogs are now 2-0 after beating a strong team in Franklin and long-time rival Stoughton.
Last year's team made it all the way to the state semi-finals, and this team looks like they have all they need to get back to that game.
The dogs next game is a huge test, as they play the reigning Division One state champion in King Philip on Thursday, September 20th in Wrentham.