Boys soccer: Lawmen lose to Avon Falcons in states

Jonathan Law dropped a 3-0 decision to Avon High in a first round Class L state tournament game at Lawmen Stadium on Monday night.

“Avon is a technical team and plays well with the ball,” Law coach Mike Gruber said after the 17th-seeded Falcons topped his 16 seed. “We had to stay compact, and we had to play eighty minutes.

“That kid (Charlie Fox) hit a pill from thirty yards out with fifteen minutes left. Then we had to push up, which we didn’t want to have to do, and that opened it up for them.

“They, like we do (the SCC)  play in a very tough league (the Central Connecticut Conference). We fought for eighty minutes and I’m proud of my boys.”

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.

“We play such a rugged schedule, especially in the CCC West with Glastonbury and Farmington. 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) and the Falcons (9-6-2) showed off their wares before a large crowd.

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 Law keeper Jack Pincus-Coyle.

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

Law’s Troy 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 with 15:40 remaining.

Linn, one of seven seniors, looked for the equalizer when he took a pass from Matt Evanko up the near sideline. His cross to Fillipe 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.