Tuesday’s roundup: Canton overwhelms Glenn in soccer
The game plan for Canton boys varsity soccer all season has been to start fast and finish strong and it did just that Tuesday, defeating host Westland John Glenn, 8-0.
“We talked about starting faster,” Canton head coach Mark Zemanski said. “We just played well and scored quickly.”
Score quickly Canton did, striking within the first minute and a half and taking a 5-0 lead into halftime. Zemanski admitted that getting off to a start like that can take the pressure off late in games.
“We had eight different guys who scored goals,” Zemanski laughed. “That’s rare.”
The wealth was spread evenly for Canton (12-1-2) as Brett McGue, Jake McGue, Luke Lloyd, Jordan Forney, Mo Miri, Nick Avram, Alex Spratte and Matt Rockefellow each recorded a goal in the victory.
Unselfish play like that is what makes Zemanski believe that his team is one of a handful that have a good shot at taking home the Division 1 state title this season.
“We’re ranked second in the state right now,” Zemaski said. “There are probably 10 teams that can win (the state championship) and we’re one of them.”
David Sadanowicz recorded the shutout for Canton, Luke Kurelli had three assists and Avery Olson added an assist while doing a nice job controlling the middle of the field. Tyler Turko and Aiden Hurley both added an assist.
“David is a very cool, calm goalie who is a good shot-stopper and very good in the air,” Zemanski said of his goalkeeper’s play.
Canton will travel to Livonia Franklin on Thursday and John Glenn will take on Plymouth on the road in its season finale.
“We need to reduce turnovers out of the back and finish better,” Zemanski said of what needs to be cleaned up before playoffs begin in a few weeks.
Novi defeated Livonia Stevenson 25-10, 25-13, 25-12: Mackenzie Kwasniewicz had eight digs, Madison Scott recorded five kills and Lauren Murphy finished with four kills for Novi (29-1).
Connor Muldowney is a freelance writer.