Friday, June 5, 2020

With admiration of our graduating seniors

CHS Boys Soccer 2020 grads- Stubbs, Bradley,
Ciffolillo, Correal and Ashcraft
The Canton High School Boys Soccer program will always be thankful to the members of the graduating class of 2020- Cooper Ashcraft, Johnny Bradley, Alejandro Correal, Colby Ciffolillo, and Jack Stubbs.  These 5 young men have given so much to our program over their four years here and all of their teammates feel for them as their final days at CHS were not what we had all wished for them.

But this group is resilient.  They fight through obstacles.  They did just that all fall and they did it with guts, grit and grace. They showed our underclassmen how to face down challenges and how to bounce back from setbacks. They have all been dealt a setback this spring- as we all have- and they have all provided us with a great roadmap for how to face adversity straight on. We will all be better in the future for what they lost this spring. Thank you to all of you for contributing so much to our future.

Cooper Ashcraft
Cooper Ashcraft- Coop has been a major personality in the CHS Boys Soccer program since his arrival at CHS. He selfless leadership is what made him such a great captain his senior season.  Coop never, ever put himself ahead of his team.  He was the ultimate team player- and he was very good. He started every game for us in the key center-back role.  He often found himself dealing with the most dangerous player on the opposing team. Coop is heading to Clemson University in South Carolina.

Johnny Bradley
Johnny Bradley- Johnny was our toughest, grittiest player.  He battled everyday to help our team improve.  His level of intensity both on the practice field and on game day was second to none. He had a great ability to drive a ball across from the flank and to blanket an opposing player- making their day a long one when they faced the Bulldogs. He will be missed!

Colby Ciffolillo
Colby Ciffolillo- To coin a phrase from an ESPN sportscaster- Colby is a cool as the other side of the pillow. His highs are never too high and his lows (which were few and far between for this young man) are never too low. He is the kind of kid that when you play a crossbar challenge with him, he NEVER chips it- always a driven ball. That's Colby. His great senior season earned him All-Hock Honorable Mention status. He is heading out to Endicott College this fall where he will be on their roller hockey team.

Alejandro Correal
Alejandro Correal- Hondo was in many ways- the face of our program in recent years. When a team would come to play Canton- no matter what the result- they would most likely leave talking about Hondo.  His impact on us was enormous. His hard work is paying off as he is heading to St. Anselm College in Goffstown, New Hampshire this fall to study and join the Hawks Men's Soccer team. You can read more about that by clicking here. Best of luck to Alejandro!

Jack Stubbs
Jack Stubbs- Jack was the ultimate team guy.  He worked incredibly hard and pushed himself and his teammates every step of his career. A three-year varsity player, Jack played many different positions during his time on the squad. His performance on Senior Night against Braintree saw Jack anchor a back four that kept the tourney-bound Wamps scoreless. It was a great performance to end a career on. Jack will be missed! Jack will be taking a gap year in 2020/21. We wish him well!






Thursday, May 21, 2020

Fall 2020 Boys Soccer Candidate Form

Caden Mirliani- '23
The Canton High School Boys Soccer program is asking all boys who will be attending CHS in the fall and are interested in joining our Soccer program (grades 9-12 in 2020/21)
to fill out the GoogleForm found at the link below.

The CHS Boys Soccer program has a proud tradition of excellence and we are looking forward to rebuilding that this fall.  An exciting season awaits!

Filling out this form does NOT register you for the program- an online registration will be made available in the coming months. For now, this form allows us to reach out to you with any important upcoming information.

We are asking all interested candidates to fill this out by Wednesday, June 3rd.

If you have any questions- don't hesitate to contact coach Danny Erickson at ericksond@cantonma.org.

Be well and safe.  Go Bulldogs!

Click Here for the Form. 

Friday, May 8, 2020

Correal Signs NLI to play at St. Anselm College

Alejandro Correal with his mother and sister at his official
signing ceremony
The Canton High School Boys Soccer program is thrilled to announce that Senior Captain Alejandro Correal signed his National Letter of Intent to continue his soccer playing days at St. Anselm College for the Hawks in Goffstown, New Hampshire.  Correal was surrounded by his family today as he signed the official letter.

Correal's signed NLI-
May 8, 2020
Correal has been the starting goalkeeper for the Bulldogs for the past two seasons, helping the Dogs earn a tournament berth in the 2018 season as the team came up just short in the race for the Davenport title. This past year, he made a huge personal/playing sacrifice and split duties as a goalkeeper and a field player.  This really captured Alejandro's selfless leadership of this year's team.  Alejandro's soccer IQ and athleticism is through the roof and his ability to make things happen while playing on the field is only surpassed by his talent in goal.  He plans on focusing on his true passion- goalkeeping- as he heads to St. Anselm this August.

Alejandro Correal minding the CHS goal as he has done so well
over his Bulldog career.
The St. Anselm Hawks compete in the NE10 Conference and are an NCAA D2 program.  The team is coached by Bruno Victal who took over the Hawks in 2016 and has overseen a resurgence in the program.

Alejandro had this to say upon his signing-

"The past four years at CHS have prepared me for this opportunity.  My teammates, Coach Erickson and all of the other coaches have been key figures in my high school career and CHS Soccer will forever be a part of me.  With that being said, St. A's has given me this huge opportunity and I'm very excited to make the most out of the next four years!"

Danny Erickson-
St. A's Hawk 1989
The feeling from the CHS Boys Soccer program is mutual.  We will continue to support Hondo as he takes this big step in his soccer and life journey. We will always be proud to call him a CHS Soccer alumnus.

On a personal note- I played soccer for the Hawks in 1989 and 1990.  It is a great place to go to school and to play soccer.  Those seasons helped solidify a love of soccer in me that continues today. From one Hawk/Bulldog to another- I wish all the best for Alejandro as he launches his St. Anselm soccer journey. He is going to do great!

I included a picture of me in action in 1989 at St. A's as I thought it could provide some laughs! Yup- that's Coach Erickson. We didn't put as much emphasis on getting in the weight room back then!

Friday, January 3, 2020

Keefe named captain of 2020 team

The CHS Boys Soccer program is happy to formally announce that Will Keefe, class of 2021, will serve as one of the CHS Boys Soccer captains for the 2020 campaign.  Keefe, a stalwart of the Bulldog defense during the 2019 season and Hockomock League All-Star, will captain a team with lofty goals in 2020.

Keefe will lead the Bulldogs through their initial off-season work and preparation.  He has all of the tools to be a great motivator to get kids working in the off-season and that is precisely why he is being named captain at this time.

We will be holding an important meeting in March for all student athletes interested in making the varsity team next fall. More information on 2020 captains will be discussed at this important meeting.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Great showing and fun at Alumni Game

As has been the case since the late 1980s, alumni of the Bulldog Boys Soccer program came home to play in our annual Alumni Game the day after Thanksgiving. The tradition, which was started by former Bulldog coach George Giannouloudis, still brings together dozens of alum from over the years to "battle" for the annual alumni cup.

This year- 36 hearty alum braved the 30 degree temps and had a great time doing it.  Members of the team chipped in some donations to support fellow alumnus Michael Dobbyn's family as their son battles Sanfilippo Syndrome.

This year's winning team was made up of players from the highly successful 2010 era.  Special shout out to our 2015 team seniors.  All four of them were there- the only class with 100% attendance! Thanks Joey, Kevin, Brian and Pat!

Thanks to all of the boys for helping to keep the tradition going!

Monday, November 25, 2019

Alumni Game set for Friday

The annual CHS Boys Soccer Alumni game will take place this Friday, November 29th at 4:00pm at CHS Memorial Field. All CHS Boys Soccer Alumni are welcome and encouraged to attend. It is always fun to get players from many different eras together for this annual event. We are hoping for a great turnout so please spread the word.

We are also taking donations for the Sanfillipo Syndrome fight.  Michael Dobbyn's (class of 1995) son Connor is currently battling this fatal disease and I'm hoping that our soccer alumni can come through with some donations.

Two ways to donate- bring cash OR donate by clicking here. 

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Keefe and Ciffolillo honored by Hockomock League

Will Keefe- '21
The Hockomock League recently announced their Hockomock All-Stars for Boys Soccer- 2019 season.  Two Bulldogs were honored:


Will Keefe was named to the Hockomock League All-Star Team.  Keefe, a junior, emerged this season as a steadfast, hard working and consistent force in the Bulldog back four.  He was a positive, vocal competitor in the back who was often cleaning up dangerous chances from Hockomock League foes.  He was the perfect bridge between a team of upperclassmen and underclassmen. He played virtually every minute of every game.  His ability to relieve pressure with a long clearance, make a hard, last second tackle or provide a goal-scoring chance with a big throw-in all led to his inclusion as a Hockomock League All-Star.  He will return to CHS Soccer next fall as an established leader and role model.

Colby Ciffolillo- '20
Colby Ciffolillo was named an Honorable Mention to the Hockomock League All-Star Team. Ciffolillo, a senior captain, had been a role player for the Bulldogs during his sophomore and junior seasons- stepping into many roles during those years. But this season, he stepped up to take on the role of leading the Bulldog attack.  His big, athletic presence made him a formidable target striker.  He led the team in scoring this year with three goals and two assists. (Click Here for 2019 individual stats.) 

Beyond his major contributions with his head and feet on the field, Ciffolillo was also a great role model for all of his teammates. He will be missed on the pitch next fall. Best of luck to him this winter with the CHS Boys Hockey team.

When you see Will and Colby, be sure to congratulate them on these well-deserved honors!