For 76 minutes the Sharon Eagles couldn’t find a way past the Canton Bulldogs. Chance after chance simply went wide, over the crossbar, or into the hand of the keeper. It was the 77th minute however where the overdue goal came for the Eagles.
“We had a lot more chances than Canton but we couldn’t break the ice to get that goal,” Sharon head coach Barry Kaye said.
Limiting the Bulldogs to only four shots on target and taking the lead with less than four minutes to play, the Eagles picked up their second win in three matches with a 1-0 win over Canton.
The Eagles also beat the Bulldogs for the first time since the 2007 MIAA Division 2 South Sectional Finals.
From the start the Eagles pressed the Bulldogs on offense, earning nine shots on target but struggled to find the finishing touch for their chances.
Sunny Somdah set up Matthew Lowerre with a low cross into the penalty area in the 21st minute but went wide left on the attempt. Lowerre had a second attempt in the 26th minute but was denied by Canton keeper Art McNally.
The Bulldogs picked up a couple of chances in the second half only to be denied by Sharon goalkeeper Eric Hefez. A point blank shot from Andre Porofeev in the 49th minute fell into the waiting arms of Hefez and a shot from Walph Gustave in the 51st minute was saved by the diving Sharon keeper.
The Eagles finally got their goal in the 77th minute when a cross from Lowerre the right flank was batted away by McNally but Jake Goloboy was there to follow though with a header that found the back of the net.
“That’s something you can’t teach. You have to have that striker's instinct to fake right and go left or fake left and go right,” Kaye said.
Hefez had four saves and picked up his first clean sheet of the season.
“He (Hefez) earned it, the sweepers earned it, the defenders earned it. Everyone played well,” Kaye said.
Sharon is off until Sept. 27 when they face Hockomock League leaders Oliver Ames.