Two Goals From Marcus Fuels Avon Win Over Canton

AVON — The Falcons girls soccer team continues to prove it is one of the teams to beat in the NCCC and showed off its high powered offense in a 5-0 win over Canton Tuesday.

Michaela Marcus led the way with two goals, with a speedy attack and great possession soccer fueling the win and giving Avon its sixth straight win.

“Michaela, we moved her to forward today,” Avon head coach Jim Murray said. “She is so physical and can get through defenders, she had been playing center mid and I moved her to get some more scoring and we certainly did.”

Amanda Holtzman scored first for Avon, thanks to a Youn Jae Baek assist at the 7:33 mark.

After a foul led to a Baek penalty kick, the Falcons led 2-0.

The next two Avon goals came off the hands of the Canton keeper, with Erin Heston scoring from Maeve Reiss at the 16:00 mark, and Marcus scoring her first of two just before half.

Canton looked to bounce back, down 4-0 at the half with a great scoring attempt by Emily Mitchell, but Lydia Cuddeback was able to make the save to preserve the shutout.

“We played as hard as we could,” Canton head coach Kevin McKenna said. “I think we played constructive ball. We tried to play possession soccer and knock the ball, I think we moved up and down the field great. We created a lot of chances.”

Two minutes later, Marcus scored her second from Stephanie Saccoccio.

“We played very well,” Murray said.  “We moved the ball, we created opportunities. That was one of our concerns early in the season; we weren’t finishing. Today, they finished very well.”

The final strike for Avon came on a goal by Chamiyah Rowland from Heston.

The Falcons may have started slow, but the team is certainly finding its stride as the midpoint approaches.

“We lost 5-0 to Suffield and that game was a wakeup call that we needed to improve,” Murray said of the second game of the season, and the Falcons’ only loss.  “It’s a long season, we’re only halfway, and if we keep progressing like we do we will be very competitive.”

As for the 2-6 Warriors, the loss is the team’s third straight. But despite the shutout on the scoreboard, the team was able to play its game, getting scoring opportunities and continue to improve.

“That’s what were working on,” McKenna said. “We get the effort, we get the communication. We have to work on how we move the ball and advance the ball.”

Tolland 4, E.O. Smith 2: The Tolland girls hung on against E.O. Smith, with four goals from Jenny Jacobs.

Jacobs was assisted by Alyssa Hurlbut, Emily Kopsick and Emily Youmans.

Victoria Richardson had seven saves as the Eagles improved to 6-0-2.

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