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Avon Old Farms School
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Avon Old Farms School
Avon Old Farms School
500 Old Farms Rd
Avon, CT 06001
Loss 0-2
Avon—Taft Rhinos suffered their first defeat of the season, finding themselves on the wrong end of a 2-0 scoreline. Amidst sweaty conditions and high passion, the hosts from Avon kept cooler heads and capitalized on key Big Red mistakes to take the win. The Winged Beavers’ energy kept Taft’s multiple attacks at bay, and the midfield battle was a game within a game. Both teams looked up for the contest early. A first minute tackle showed the referees what they needed to keep the game in check. Taft controlled the early going, carving out space in the channels and pressing the attack. Will De Luca ’21 and Lachlan Hawes ’23 behind him made good things happen with give-and-go’s, while Ranon Larpcharern turned in a MOTM performance, snuffing out the long-ball Avon chances with speed and some guile. Late in the half, Avon pounced. A corner kick turned into a Taft foul and the subsequent free kick saw the home team score. Sean Dunbar ’20 set up his wall and made the initial save from a deflection, only to see the crashing Avon player make his tap-in at the far post. Taft was under some pressure and the game opened up for both teams. Subs Jesse Brew ’21 and Fej Esievo ’22 made the team better with strenuous defending that often led to positive transitions. However, as the final seconds of the first half ticked down, another mental error cost Taft. Avon picked up a loose ball on the goal’s left side and dribbled at the Red’s defense. As the backline scrambled to react and the AOF attackers ran through, the ball found its target near the back post, making the score 0-2 to the hosts. As the second half developed, Taft’s deep bench created chance after chance, but it was ultimately to no avail. As Scott Noh ’22 and Elliot Cohen 22 pressed forward, the possession turned into goal-scoring possibilities. With Edvin Tran Hoac ’20 pulling strings and Esievo shutting down the outside, Taft put Avon under pressure throughout the first 20 minutes. The opponents' resilience was enough, however, and AOF saw out the game to take the W. Taft will travel again Wednesday, this time to Deerfield and a 3:30 start in Massachusetts.