POTSDAM — A second-half goal from Bryn Hite led Section 7’s Northeastern Clinton to a 1-0 win over Canton in a Class C state girls soccer first-round game Wednesday night at SUNY Potsdam.
Canton (13-5-1 overall) showed the usual disappointment of a team whose season came to an end, but the Golden Bears also were proud of their effort.
Canton held Northeastern Clinton (12-6-1), who averaged 3.3 goals pregame, to just the one goal.
“I thought we did well,” Canton coach Greg Kiah said.
“On paper they were supposed to be better than us, but we talked about how statistics don’t show heart and resiliency. I thought we did what we had to do today.”
The only Cougar goal came when Hite took a shot from 23 yards out that sailed just under the crossbar in the 50th minute.
“It was a nice shot, she kind of caught our goalie (Abby Woodruff) off-guard,” Kiah said.
One of the key players for Canton Wednesday night was sweeper Lindsay Filliatrault.
“I think we all played really well and it was a good team effort” Filliatrault said. “They came out really aggressive, which a lot of the teams we played didn’t, really.”
Said Canton’s Alison Kiah, “We played as good as we could. They were really aggressive and really fast and we haven’t played many fast teams like that. It was supposed to be more of a blowout and we held our own.”
Northeastern Clinton outshot Canton 12-3 in the first half but both teams had some good chances to score.
In the 27th minute, Kiah collide with Cougars goalie