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vs. Avon Old Farms
|Date:||September 30, 2017|
Avon Pounds Knights
A disciplined, explosive Avon Old Farms team traveled to the Hilltop on Saturday and ran roughshod over Salisbury on a raw afternoon, rolling to a 5-0 win that was not as close as the lop-sided score suggests. The Winged Beavers consistently frustrated the Knights’ offense, rarely allowing penetration into the attacking third of the field. In turn, Salisbury (1-5) mustered few high-percentage chances and was, for the most part, relegated to releasing shots from 20 to 30 yards out as an option preferable to retreating without having taken any shot at all.
On the counter, quick footwork and strings of precise, one-touch passes allowed Avon time and again to move quickly down the field and establish many excellent scoring opportunities inside the box. But for a stingy crossbar, Avon might have had twice as many goals.
“Yeah, the result was disappointing,” acknowledged Salisbury head coach Ben Walsh, “but that’s a very good Avon team. And I was pleased with the way we came out. We played probably our best soccer of the afternoon in the opening ten minutes and had a couple of good chances. If we had capitalized,” he mused, “you never know. It could have been a different game.”
With the day’s outcome no longer in doubt, both teams turned to their benches for the final 25 minutes of the second half. The young Knights held the Beaves at bay and had some success moving the ball into the Avon end. Although they did not score, neither did their counterparts. Meanwhile, fans had an opportunity to glimpse into the future of Knight futbol as such contributors-of-tomorrow as Cam Culton, Will Georgesson, and Caleb May, all members of the Class of ’21, had their longest field exposure of the young season.
Cross-town rival Hotchkiss will join Salisbury on Wachtmeister Field for a dinnertime contest late Monday afternoon. With Dining Services firing up the grills for a community picnic alongside the bleachers, there should be no lack of support for the home team.