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North Carolina defeats Indiana 1-0 in front of a packed house at the Shindigz National Soccer Festival. Aug. 24, 2013, at Hefner Soccer Complex.

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Canterbury boys grit out win

– Senior forward Britt Watts said the Canterbury boys soccer team wants to go undefeated and repeat as state champions this year.

It will take more performances like the one the Cavaliers put forth in the second half Saturday for it to happen.

Against a physical DeWitt (Mich.) team, the Cavaliers got a goal from Watts with 30 minutes remaining to secure a 1-0 victory at Hefner Soccer Fields in the Shindigz National Soccer Festival.

“It was really just grit. We needed a goal and it was heat of the moment. I knew, after halftime, that I needed to get a goal for my team and I wanted to make the shot,” said Watts, who sent an arcing shot from the left side of the penalty area into the far side of the net.

Watts boasts that he can shoot equally well with both his left and right foot, and he looked like it Saturday.

“He doesn’t care which foot it is, and it was just a heck of a shot,” said Canterbury coach Greg Mauch, whose team was on the undercard of the late game between NCAA champion Indiana and the 2011 champion, North Carolina, that drew about 5,000 fans.

Last year, Canterbury went 16-6-1 and defeated Covenant Christian 5-0 in the Class A finals. This year, in 2A, the Cavs are ranked ninth and have two wins – they defeated Bishop Luers 3-2 Thursday.

“We started off this game real shaky. We were really scrambling in the first 10, 12, 15 minutes. Guys had to get the nerves out. This is a very good team: big, strong and fast,” said Mauch, adding that sophomore Nick Bellavance was excellent in net for the Cavaliers.

Watts said at halftime, the Cavaliers knew they had to improve their mettle.

“Mainly, it was our will to win and coming together as a team,” he said. “We didn’t want to lose. We want to go undefeated this season and have dreams of making it back to the state finals for the ‘three-peat.’ ”

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