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Simsbury snaps No. 10 Avon’s five-game winning streak with 1-0 decision

AVON, Oct. 3 – A day after the Avon High field hockey team made their debut in the state coaches top 10 poll, the No. 10 Falcons suffered their first loss of the season.

Simsbury goalie Sarah Ackels made 16 saves to help the visiting Trojans to a 1-0 win over Avon on Tuesday. Cora Nagles had the game-winning goal for Simsbury. Avon goalie Mollie Morrison made seven saves. The Falcons slip to 5-1-0-1 for the year and 3-1-0-1 in the CCC South.

Avon actually dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to Glastonbury on opening day when Lindsay Janeczek scored with 3:10 left in overtime. But that decision is counted as a tie by the CIAC to determine which teams qualify for the state tournament. The Tomahawks won 18 straight games a year ago before getting beat in the Class L semifinals.

Avon won five straight games before facing Simsbury on Tuesday, outscoring their opponents by a 23-4 margin. Rachel Spivak, who had a hat trick (3 goals) against Northwest Catholic on Sept. 19, is the team’s leading scorer with 10 goals after seven games. She had 13 goals a year ago, including 11 in the final nine games of the year.

Paige Deppe has scored seven goals including a hat trick of her own against Newington. Morrison has had two shutouts in goal for Avon so far this year.

Avon returns to action on Friday when they host East Catholic in a CCC South match at 3:45 p.m. at the high school. The Falcons do have four night games among their upcoming contests.

They will play on the road at Farmington (Oct. 17), Hall (Oct. 19) and Southington (Nov. 1) under the lights. Avon will host South Windsor under portable lights at the high school on October 26.

State field hockey coaches top 10 poll
Week 2

Team Record Points LW
1. Darien (5) 7-0-1 150 4
2. Norwalk (3) 8-0 135 5
3. Hand 7-0-1 130 2
4. Enfield 5-0 96 6
5. Glastonbury 7-0 92 3
6. Greenwich 6-1 79 1
7. Granby 6-0 68 t7
8. Cheshire 7-0-0-1 66 10
9. North Branford 10-0-1 36 11
10. Avon 5-0-0-1 31 12

Others receiving votes: South Windsor (7-0-1) 30; Staples (6-1) 27; Pomperaug (5-0-2) 7; Wilton (5-2-0-1) 7; Guilford (5-1-1) 6.
First place votes in parentheses; Records as of Sunday, Oct. 1
Coaches Voting: Matt Ariniello, Immaculate; Janet Dickey, Westbrook; Dawn Hough, New Milford; Sandy Wickman Mason, Granby; Kitty Palmer, Guilford; Maureen Perkins, Glastonbury; Kyle Seaburg, Norwalk; Jenna Tucchio, Stonington

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