CHS girls soccer team in thick of division race


Soccer fans who are looking for well played high school soccer with sound fundamentals and great teamwork and camaraderie should look no further than this year’s CHS girls varsity soccer team. A single goal currently differentiates Canton from the top spot in the Davenport Division, with its lone loss coming against first-place Oliver Ames 1-0 back on September 21.

Sophomore Sarah Connolly (Mike Barucci photo)

Sophomore Sarah Connolly (Mike Barucci photo)

Both teams began the week at 4-1 and will face each other in a rematch at OA on Tuesday, October 20.

Besides the loss to Oliver Ames, in the last 10 days, the Bulldogs have beaten King Philip 3-2, Foxboro 2-0, and Milford 2-1 last Thursday at home.

The leading scorer through five games has been sophomore Riley Duserick with three goals, followed by junior Tessa Cudmore with two goals; junior Hannah Link with a goal and  two assists; senior Sarah MacQuarrie and freshman Sarah Collins with two assists each; and seniors Casey Bradley and Meg Hunter and freshman Julia Hamilton with one goal apiece.

The Canton defense has also been stellar, anchored by junior goalie Kathryn Doody, who has allowed just four goals in five games.

In the KP game, Hunter and Link had goals for Canton, while Cudmore and Duserick found the net against Foxboro. In the game against Milford, Cudmore scored in the first half, assisted by Collins, and in the second half, Duserick scored the game-winning goal, assisted by Link. The Canton defense was particularly outstanding, and Doody was not severely tested, although she did make a brilliant stop on a breakaway attempt by Milford.

Head coach Kate Howarth said this year’s team is young but deep and very talented and is further ahead at this time than the 2014 team, which made the playoffs with a late surge to reach 10 wins.

“The players have played together and have grown together,” Howarth said. “The team has gotten better, and every game we are showing improvement.”

In Howarth’s opinion, Canton and Oliver Ames play with a different style but are very close in talent. She looks forward to the rematch with OA, which the Boston Globe rated as the 13th best team in eastern Massachusetts as of two weeks ago.

Team captains this year are Hayley Mulford, MacQuarrie, Bradley, and Cudmore. Assisting Howarth are coaches Sarah Handman and Deb Nelson.

This week, the girls were due to host Stoughton on Tuesday and then travel to Sharon on Friday, October 2. The team will then travel to Attleboro next Monday and then head to Gillette Stadium for a game against Mansfield on Wednesday, October 7, at 7:15 p.m.

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