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Roundup: Boys soccer on a roll, 3 straight wins and 20 goals

AVON, Sept. 29 – After a challenging opening stretch to open the season, the Avon High boys soccer team has won three straight games, outscoring their opponents by a 20-1 margin.

The Falcons opened the season with a 5-0 win over Bolton but stumbled in a 1-0 loss to powerful Suffield before battling Granby to a 0-0 tie for a 1-1-1 start after three games.

Since then, Avon whipped Enfield, 7-0, routed Windsor Locks, 7-1 and blanked Stafford, 6-0. Drew Montano scored nine of his team-leading 12 goals in that stretch. The remaining players on the team have combined for 13 goals. Max Leopold and Jackson Davey have three goals each.

GIRLS SOCCER: The Falcons are off to a strong 5-1 start. Early-season highlights were a 2-0 win over Suffield – its first victory over the Wildcats since 2006. But in the next game, the Falcons were blanked by Granby, 1-0 – the first win over the Bears over Avon in over 10 years.

Since then, the Falcons have rolled over Enfield, 3-1, Stafford, 4-0 and Windsor Locks, 3-0. Erica Primovic is the leading scorer after six games with six goals. Caroline Smith has three goals while Britt Douglas and Hunter McCarthy have two each. Goalie Kaylan Conard has four shutouts.

FIELD HOCKEY: Avon is 4-0 and ranked No. 8 in the first state coaches poll of the season. Maddy Riccardi leads the team with five goals including the game-winner in a 1-0 win over Stafford on opening day. Caroline Schaefer has three goals, which she scored in a 7-2 rout of Somers.

VOLLEYBALL: For years, the Falcons have been chasing five-time league champion Coventry. In those five seasons, Avon’s only NCCC losses were to the Patriots. But it is a younger and less experienced Falcon squad on the floor this fall. Bolton beat Avon for the first time in school history with a 3-1 victory earlier in September, 25-22, 20-25, 25-17 and 25-20.

Coventry blanked the Falcons, 3-0 last week but Avon (3-3, 2-2 NCCC) rebounded with a 3-0 shutout win over Ellington and a 3-1 win over Newington earlier this week.

CROSS COUNTRY: It’s the 50th season of boys cross country for the Falcons, who have posted a record of 3-2 in its first five meets. Jeff Demers has been the lead Falcon runner.

The girls cross country team continued on its quest for a NCCC championship by easily whipping Somers and Enfield by 15-50 scores on Tuesday. Rachael Rosow won her third dual meet of the season and the Falcons had nine of the top 10 runners in the three-team race. Avon (7-0, 7-0 NCCC) races Suffield in a big meet for control of the league championship on Wednesday in Suffield. Canton and East Windsor will also be at the meet.

CREW: The first meet of the fall season at the GMS Regatta on Lake Lillinonah in New Milford was cancelled due to high water and the fast-flowing Housatonic River. But the Falcons are getting prepared for the 13th annual Head of the Riverfront on Sunday, Oct. 2, in Hartford along the Connecticut River. The event is hosted by Riverfront Recapture.

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 30 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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