CHS boys’ soccer team slays Duxbury Dragons

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Fresh off capturing back-to-back Hockomock League championships, the Canton High boys’ soccer team essentially picked up right where it left off, with a 3-1 win at Duxbury last Saturday to kickoff the 2010 season.

“Anytime you go to Duxbury and come away with a win, it’s really a good result,” head coach Danny Erickson said. “But to come away with a two-goal win when you’re not playing what I would say is our best, it makes you think we can do some pretty good things.”

Canton got on the board just two minutes into the game, with Matt Malloy scoring on a header from a Chris Murray throw-in. However, Duxbury tied the score just eight minutes later.

With help from Igor Perun, who notched a goal and an assist in the second half, the Bulldogs were able to put the game away after halftime.  Perun first scored off a Ramon Ambrosio pass to put Canton up for good 2-1 and then just 10 minutes later, Perun found Loris D’Orio, who converted for a goal of his own.

“If you give our forwards time and space, we’re going to make you pay for it,” Erickson said.

In addition to his goal scorers, Erickson was impressed with Matt Kelly for providing a strong presence in the backfield and with Murray for being the “most physical player” in the midfield.

Scott Levy, along with Murray and Perun, are the captains this season. Colby Gavigan returns for another season in goal, after posting 11 shutouts in 2009. Erickson also expects returning contributors Ambrosio, Kelly, Malloy, Mike Denehy, and Andrew Vinciguerra to have a “big impact” this season. Nate Seto, Dave Feeney, and Jimmy Kelly look to join the rotation this year as well, as will D’Orio, who is new to Canton from Sicily and with his performance against Duxbury, has already shown he can be a “spark” coming off the bench.

With the Hockomock League splitting into two divisions this season, the Bulldogs can’t truly defend their Hockomock title, but can aim for the first Hockomock Davenport Division crown.

“The key to success for us this year will be to stay focused and to execute,” Erickson said. “We have a lot of potential, but potential is nothing without going out and making things happen.”

Canton (1-0) kicks off its Hockomock schedule at Oliver Ames today (Thursday).

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