Boys' Soccer - JV
Avon Old Farms School
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Win 2-0
The Winged Beavers of Avon Old Farms came to face the Taft Rhinos for the second tilt of the season on a nice fall day for football. The game was pretty tight in the opening minutes, but the home side seemed to out possess the visitors and kept the pressure up on attack. Taft earned some early corners that the Avon keeper was equal to. The backline of Abdikani Ahmed, Cauden Van Dolah, Anmay Suri and Thomson Knight held solid and cleared away any early threats. The home side was able to mount a few shots but did not seem to test the keeper. Noah Cinel looked to open the score line in the 17th minute but a deflection brought his screamer into the reach of the keeper. In the 28th minute with the pressure still strong from the Rhinos, Kaden Parsons was able to get the game winner with a shot that curled just inside of the far post. The energy form the goal helped encourage the homeside to keep fighting and getting chances. The addition of Jack Dodd, Kaden Parsons and Patrick Yan on attack seemed to destabilize Avon until the end of the half. The midfield of Noah Cinel, Kojo Asmah, Camilo Pinto-Gonzalez and Liam Dhumale-Smyth controlled play in the first half and made it hard for Avon to mount a serious attack. The 1-0 scoreline took the teams to half time. The second half saw a renewed effort and changed plan of attack from the visiting side. This gave Avon some momentum. Both sides played physical and were looking to push for the win. With Avon getting forward, Liam Dhumale-Smyth scored the game sealing goal on a great cross from Thomson Knight who won possession and played the cross to Liam who had a class finish. While this was a game of two halves, Taft was able to adjust to everything that the Winged BEavers through their way to earn a hard fought victory. The boys should all be proud of their strong team play and ability to work together. There is no resting on our laurels and we travel to Williston Northampton on Saturday in a game that is sure to test our strong team.