Avon soccer plays well with target

Even with a bullseye on their back, the Avon Falcons have been able to dispose of most of their NCCC competition with relative ease. But it took a 5-0 loss in their second game to Suffield to realize they weren’t going to walkthrough the season unscathed, even though at times it may seem that way.

“I think that loss in the second game of the season made it look like we were beatable, coach Jim Murray said. “It made us realize that we weren’t going to be able to walk our way through the season. I think the players really responded to that. They realized Suffield is a good team. We have won [nine] in a row since.”

Murray also said the defensive man marking in the final third should help them against Suffield in their rematch on October 25.

The Falcons (10-1), littered with talented players, have been lead by Youn Jae Baek and Michaela Marcus.

“Youn Jae is the anchor on the defense. She is able to clear the ball to anyone and pass the ball to anyone. She is the cornerstone on the defense,” Murray said. “Michaela Marcus in the middle has been great at distributing the ball and creating opportunities for others.”

Farmington

A dominating 5-0 over Bristol Eastern and a 6-1 win over Newington soon after kick started a solid start for the Farmington Indians as they stand 6-2-3 to begin the season. The Indians lost their second game of the season to Northwest Catholic, who at the time had not lost in over two years. They also lost to 9-0-2 Hall, 2-1. In both instances – and led by leading goal scorers Olivia Devoe and Nawa Sedigh – Farmington was able to rebound, winning four straight after the Northwest Catholic game, and defeating Simsbury after the Hall game.

“The two games we lost are the top 10 teams in the state. I would say we were unlucky to lose both games. It wasn’t too hard to rebound back,” coach Steve Jarvis said. “The way we played in those defeats were great. “Ball breaks one way. A keeper makes a save they wouldn’t normally make. These things happen in soccer. They all balance themselves out.”

It did balance out a bit as the second matchup against Northwest Catholic on October 10 ended in a 0-0 tie.

Simsbury

Simsbury is holding steady at 5-4-3 throughout the first half of the season. Even in their losses, the Trojans have been in all of their games, with all four losses coming by one goal.

With shutout wins over tough Wethersfield and Plainville and a tie against unbeaten Hall, Simsbury has shown its potential and what they are capable of as the second half of the season is underway.

“The teams that are on the top of the league and took both of them to OT. We’re not far away from where we want to be,” coach Jim Bayer said. “I think we have to wait the second half of the year and see how it plays out. It is a very resilient group of girls. We all thought we‘d be in a better place than we’d be. I don’t think there was a game we have not been in. It’s been all close games.”

A lot of the reason the Trojans have been in every game is due to their defense and goalkeeper, Carly Heintz.

“Our defense is very organized. Carly comes up with saves when we need them,” Bayer said. “We have trouble scoring goals now. From a defensive standpoint. Our defense is keeping us in every game. Just need to be more opportunistic with our finishing. Anytime you have a team that doesn’t give up a lot of goals you are in every game. We have pretty good depth on the team.”

Canton

Canton’s season may not have gone as expected thus far with its grueling schedule in the NCCC. The team currently sits at 3-8 and have lost five out of its last six games, all via shutout.

In Canton’s three wins – against SMSA, East Windsor, and Stafford – they have outscored their opponents, 12-0. So when they win, they win with relative ease.

With a favorable schedule – aside from Somers and Suffield – to finish up the season, the Warriors have an outside chance at qualifying for a CIAC berth.

 

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