Boys soccer: Lawmen fall to Avon Falcons in states

The Jonathan Law boys soccer team played stout defense throughout, hoping they could free up a goal against Avon High when the Class L rivals met on Monday in a first-round game held at Lawmen Stadium.

The 17th-seeded Falcons finally broke through in the 65th minute, and added two goals down the stretch, to defeat the 16th-seeded Lawmen 3-0.

“They are a technical team. They are good with the ball,” Law coach Mike Gruber said. “We knew we had to defend well. We just had to play hard for eighty minutes and we did. They hit an incredible shot from thirty yards out. The kid (Charlie Fox) hit a pill. We had to push numbers up from there and the game opened up.

“They, like we do (the SCC)  play in a very tough league (the Eastern Connecticut Conference),” Gruber said. “They are well-organized and well-coached. I could not be prouder of the way we played.”

The Falcons (9-6-2) used the entire field to attack, making Law’s midfield and back four play near-perfect ball to keep them off the board.

Keeper Jack Pincus-Coyle faced 16 shots, and turned away nine some with spectacular stops. Nick Dostal, Kyle Goglia and Troy Anderson withstood shots from every angle, blocking six shots on their own.

Matt Tournas, Will Contaxis, Matt Evanko, Jon Vitale, Jonathan Contaxis, Andrew Frenzel and Max Germanese were tasked with slowing the efficient visitors at midfield.

Avon coach David Slatin said, “We saw Law play Tuesday (a 2-1 win over Bassick) and knew they defended well. They have that All-State kid (Kevin Linn) up top, so we had to keep track of him.”

Linn had one good chance from distance early (38:06), and one late (.

Law’s best opportunity to get on the board came at 10:33 of the first half when Linn blasted a shot that Avon keeper Vito Catalano punched over the crossbar. Off the following corner, Will Contaxis had a shot blocked in front by Sam Cuddeback. His rebound try went wide.

Law’s Fillipe Mouro and Sean Theisen also looked to break free against Catalano (three saves) and stoppers Cuddeback and Riley Weltzer.

“We play such a rugged schedule, especially in the ECC West with Glastonbury and Farmington,” Slatin said. “These seniors weren’t happy with how things ended a year ago and want to make something of this season.”

Four of Avon’s six losses in the regular season came against defending Class LL champion Farmington (11-2-3) and perennial Class LL power Glastonbury (13-2-1).

Law (9-7-0) did a great job marking, which it had to do because Avon continually switched field and played balls to the feet looking for any edge.

Finally, Fox took a back pass from Thomas Keenan and delivered a well-struck ball past a dive from Pincus-Coyle.

It all started for the Falcons on a long throw-in from Welter.

Anderson blocked the first shot from the box, and Linn headed another one clear.

Keenan collected the ball and left it for the free-striding Fox for a 1-0 lead with 15:40 remaining.

Linn, one of seven seniors, looked for the equalizer when he took a pass from Evanko up the near sideline. His cross to Mourao just missed the mark and Luke Davey cleared the ball.

Keenan took the breakaway and scored on a 1-on-1 shot to make it 2-0 with 9:52 left.

Dan Kamenetskiy then won a through-ball before Pincus-Coyle could fully break off the line and added Avon’s third goal at 7:04.

Law seniors are Jack Pincus-Coyle, Kevin Linn, Andrew Silva, Sam Nassar, Matt Tournas, Mark Germanese and Nick Dostal.

Roundup: Law ended its regular season on a high note, defeating Bassick High 2-1. Law opened the scoring in first eight minutes when Kevin Linn scored off a feed from Will Contaxis. Contaxis added the second goal  in the 22nd minute, when he got a feed from Mark Germanese and buried the ball into the back of the net. Bassick continued to play hard and scored with a minute left in the first half when Juan Osorio scored. Jack Pincus-Coyle had eight saves for Law and Gustavo Pablono had eight for Bassick.