Falcons girls soccer team seeks third straight Class L title

One champion returns, as the other three teams in the Farmington Valley look to replicate Avon’s success as the girls soccer season begins. The teams are off on the right foot, each winning their first game of the season.

Avon

Avon High School isn’t rebuilding. They are reloading. After mimicking a buzzsaw last year, finishing the regular season 18-1-2 and winning its second straight Class L title, the Falcons will look to make it a three-peat.

The team did lose eight seniors from last year, but they still return All-NCCC defensive specialist Youn Jae Baek.

Even though the team is loaded with experience, coach Jim Murray, entering his 28th season feels this season’s team will need to replace some of the school’s top players from 2012.

“This year’s team will need to replace key seniors who graduated last year. Kaylan Conrad, a four year goalkeeper, Catherine Jordan at center mid, Sarah Betancourt a defender and Hunter McCarthy at forward,” Murray said. Junior midfielder Michaela Marcus (10 goals in 2012), senior forward Erin Heston (5 goals) and junior forward Hannah Davey (6 goals) will lead the offensive attack.

The Falcons started the 2013 season at 1-1.

Farmington

Farmington (1-1), led by coach Steve Jarvis will look to capitalize on its 9-3-4 regular season mark of 2012. The team advanced to the second round of the Class L state tournament but will be looking to go a bit further in 2013. Farmington played in the Class L title game in 2011.

The Indians had an impressive season opening victory over Bristol Eastern (5-0) and the offense looks to be in mid-season form.

“Our team might not scare too many opponents, but as a coach, you know your team,” Jarvis said.

He believes this will be a very special season despite the team graduating 13 seniors and returning just three starters.

The team will be led by Olivia DeVoe, Brittany Galske, Monique Marcelino, Nicole DiTomasso, Bridget Kelly and Julia Jedrychowski.

Simsbury

Simsbury, coming off an 8-7-1 season and a first round exit in the Class L tournament, will look to returning leading goal scorer from a year ago, Sydney Shugdinis, and should compete for a shot at the CCC West title.

Carly Heintz, starting since she was a freshman will be responsible for the net for the third straight year.

“We have a pretty good core at senior, junior and sophomore,” Jim Bayer – in his second season – said. “I think it is a very very good league. But I think we will compete this year.” Bayer went on to say this was the strongest team since he has been involved with the program. He was previously the JV coach.

The team won its first game of the season, 4-0 against Plainville, a conference foe.

The team is 1-1 after the first week of play.

Canton

Coming off of a disappointing 3-12-1 2012 season, Kevin McKenna hopes his seventh season as the head coach of the Warriors will produce a playoff berth. Canton won its first game against SMSA before losing to Somers.

With only graduating one starter from last year’s team, the prospect of McKenna’s wish to come to fruition is reasonable.

He hopes someone on the offensive attack can produce a little more than they did the previous season. The Warriors were shut out 8 times last season. Senior Alex Martin will be the captain of this year’s team. She is a three year starter.

McKenna’s message to his team: “Your return is in direct proportion to your investment, so lets invest heavily.”

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