Scott Levy's ninth and 10th goals of the season helped the 14th-ranked Bulldog boys' soccer team capture its second consecutive Hockomock Classic Cup, knocking off Franklin, 2-0, Tuesday night in Canton.
“[Scott] has been brilliant for us,” said Canton coach Dan Erickson. “We moved him from right-back to forward this season when our offense was struggling and he’s really made everything go since then.”
Levy’s first goal came five minutes in on a shot from 12 yards that found its way through a scrum. In the 60th minute he struck again on a partial breakaway set up by a nice pass from Eric Wong.
Levy has been a thorn in the side of Franklin this season, scoring all four of the Bulldog’s goals against the Panthers (5-4-7). The two teams played to a 2-2 tie earlier this season.
Colby Gavigan made three saves in net to record his 12th shutout of the season.
The reigning Division 2 South champions have lofty expectations entering state tournament season, having allowed just five goals in Hockomock League play this season.
“We haven’t had the [offensive] attack we had last year,” said Erickson, who is in his 19th season at Canton. “We have had to work harder for our goals, but we’ve made up for that with our defense and goaltending.”
The Bulldogs have made it at least to the Division 2 South semifinals each of the past five seasons and plan to use that experience to their advantage in the coming weeks.
“This isn’t a new feeling to any of my guys. They’ve all been there before and having that experience is definitely an advantage,” said Erickson.
“We really understand and respect every opponent we get to face in the state tournament. Every team had to play well to get there, so any one of them can beat you if you’re looking ahead. You can’t take any team for granted,” he said.
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