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Defending champion Guilford dominates in a 9-1 win over Avon

Avon’s Kerry Karlin, left, scored the lone goal for the Falcons in Tuesday night’s loss to defending champion Guilford in the Class M tournament.

GUILFORD, November 13 – The Avon High field hockey team was hoping to pull off an upset in the second round of the Class M tournament on Tuesday night.

Top-ranked Guilford was in no mood to accommodate the Falcons. Sophomore Maddie Epke scored five goals and senior teammate Ella Stanley added two goals as No. 1 Guilford (20-0) rolled to a dominating 9-1 victory.

It was the most goals that the Falcons (6-8-2-2) have given up in a CIAC tournament game, breaking the record set two years ago when Guilford blanked Avon, 6-0 in the Class M quarterfinals.

“We knew we were facing a great team,” Avon High coach Terri Ziemnicki said. “We actually playe done of our best games although the score doesn’t reflect that. I told my team from the start that no matter the end result, I wanted them to be the hardest-working team and we did that for a full 60 minutes.”

Kerry Karlin scored for the No. 16-seeded Falcons.

The defending Class M champions looked sharp in their 28th consecutive win.  Guilford has scored eight or more goals in eight of 20 victories. “They have a superb attack and great corners,” Ziemnicki said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if they win it all.”

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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