SIMSBURY, Nov. 6 – The Avon High boys soccer team may have regained the momentum they thought had been slowed by a four-goal loss to Farmington in the final game of the regular season.
The No. 12 Falcons got back to business on Tuesday with a 2-1 win over No. 25 Masuk-Monroe in the first round of the Class L tournament on a rainy afternoon on Holden Field.
Avon (10-4-3) advances to the second round where they will travel to Milford to face No. 5 Platt Tech (12-2-2) on Thursday at 2 p.m.
Before stumbling in a 4-0 loss to Farmington last week, Avon had given up just one goal in their previous six games going 5-0-1 in that span including a 0-0 double overtime tie with Glastonbury.
Against Masuk on Tuesday, Avon took a 1-0 lead on a beautiful 20-yard strike from Ryan Bartkiewicz with 22:48 gone in the game. It was his sixth goal of the season.
Avon’s Henry McGarrath increased the lead to 2-0 with about seven minutes gone in the second half with an assist from Bartkiewicz on the play.
Masuk (6-7-4) pulled within a goal just 29 seconds later when the ball deflected off a Masuk player into the net. It was credited to Miles Malone.
Masuk had another great opportunity with about 15 minutes remaining with a shot that hit the post but the Falcon defense behind goalie Max Froderman got the job done and picked up the victory.
Canton 1, Coginchaug 0
CANTON, Nov. 6 — The No. 12 Warriors (11-6) won for the sixth time in the last seven games with a 1-0 win in the first round of the Class S tournament over No. 21 Coginchaug in cold, rainy conditions on the turf field Tuesday night.
James Mattson had the goal for the Warriors off a sharp assist from Chris Tenzar. It was Mattson’s fifth goal of the year. Canton goalie Evan Moore had three great saves in the waning minutes of the game as Coginchaug pressured the Warriors. Defender Chayce Lucca also made a save with his body on the goal line to help earn the victory.
Canton advances to the second round where they will face No. 5 Parish Hill (12-3-1) in Chaplin on Thursday at 2 p.m.