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Avon booters stop Canton winning streak

AVON, October 21 – The Canton High boys soccer team had won five straight matches and six of its previous seven games before taking on Avon Friday night under the lights. They found an opponent that was quicker and more skilled and that foiled the Warrior offense, that got off just four shots.

The Falcons snapped Canton’s winning streak with a 4-0 victory. Drew Montaro scored two goals, including a penalty shot, to lead Avon (10-2-1, 10-2-1 NCCC) while Conor Lanahan added a goal and an assist. Tucker Davey also scored.

Lanahan gave Avon a 1-0 lead by taking the ball right down the field through the heart of the Canton defense. Canton goalie Michael Grisevich (11 saves) stopped Lanahan’s initial shot but he kept driving toward the net and popped the rebound into the net with 24:40 gone in the first half.

When an Avon player was held in the penalty box, Montaro took the penalty kick and scored his 27th goal of the season for a 2-0 lead with 15:29 remaining in the first half. Montaro made it 3-0 when he fired a rocket into the left corner of the net as he moved across the field with 3:24 remaining in the half.

“Drew has been phenomal but we’ve been strong right down the middle with (Conor) Lanahan, (Tyler) Bonini, (Michael) Dorney, (Zac) Cesaro and (Alex) Andrew in net,” Avon coach Patrick Mulligan said. “And we have some great players around them.” Bonini and Lanahan are in the midfield with Dorney and Cesaro at defense.

The Warriors, who dropped a 1-0 decision to Coventry on Saturday night under the lights, need just one tie in their final three games to earn a bid to the Class S tournament. But it won’t be easy.

They face Coventry (9-4) on Tuesday at Bowdoin Field, travel to Windsor Locks (3-9-1) on Friday night, Oct. 28 for another night game at 7 p.m. and close out the regular season against Somers, who have won two of the last three Class S titles, on Nov. 1 at Bowdoin Field. Somers (10-2)  beat Avon for the first time ever last week.

Canton started the season at 1-5 with a pair of overtime losses. “We started off a little uncertain,” Canton coach Bill Phelps said. “We have just six seniors on the team. But they have stepped up. The team is working hard together. The four captains are doing an outstanding job (Tyler Detorie, David Solomon, Jeff Lochner, Michael Grisevich).”
Avon 4, Canton 0
At Avon
Canton (6-6)      0 0 – 0
Avon (10-2-1)    3 1 – 4

Goals: Drew Montaro (A) 2, Tucker Davey (A), Conor Lanahan (A); Assists: Tyler Bonini (A), Lanahan (A), Jackson Davey; Saves – Alex Andrew (A) 3, Michael Grisevich (C) 11; Shots – Avon, 27-4, Corner kicks, Avon, 6-2

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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