2016 Varsity Soccer Preview
The Avon Old Farms soccer team will return fourteen student-athletes who will look to build on a 2015 campaign that ended with a record of 6-7-3. Many of these returners will take on larger roles, as several of the departing seniors played significant minutes. Graduating players include Casey Kindel, Arthur Torres, Graham Conklin, Fabrizio Rodriguez, Blake Bartkiewicz, and Kelvin Boateng.
The returning group of players will be led offensively by Diego De Remedios (8 goals), Devin Marchitto (5 goals), and Mouhamed Ndiaye (12 goals), who combined for 25 of the teams 32 goals in 2015. Reade Kirby and Raheem Spence will add depth offensively. Defensively, the team will be anchored by returners Pat Trauernicht, Dawson Leonard, Grant Long, and Sawyer Kindel. A dynamic midfield includes Max Gonzalez, Hunter Marshall, Dane Bartkiewicz, and Christian Cantello. Max Ravech is an athletic junior who will take over in net.
Avon will face a difficult schedule, with their season opener at Trinity Pawling on September 21st. Their home opener will be against Brunswick on September 28th.
Soccer Program Overview
Playing soccer at Avon Old Farms School means being part of the rich athletic tradition that the school has developed over the years. With talented student-athletes, committed coaches, and fantastic facilities, Avon’s soccer program has earned recognition as one of the top prep school programs in all of New England.
Avon fields five competitive teams. Each team plays a full schedule of games and each team has at least two coaches. The goals at all levels are to improve our players through training emphasizing technical development, tactical awareness, and top physical fitness. Avon has often culled its talent from both soccer-specific and multi-sport athletes, so all three phases of training are inherent to the success of the program.
The varsity team plays its home matches on Carriuolo Field, one of the largest and highest-quality pitches in New England. As a member of the Western New England Prep School Soccer Association and the Founder’s League, Avon plays an incredibly competitive schedule. As is often said in sports, “in order to be the best, you must play the best” and Avon’s record against traditional powers Hotchkiss, Kent, Deerfield, Northfield Mount Hermon, Loomis, Taft, Berkshire, Westminster, Choate, Trinity Pawling is something we are extremely proud of.
Within the last ten years, the varsity team has enjoyed extraordinary success qualifying for the playoffs several times while winning the New England Championships twice (2005 and 2007). Equally impressive, Avon has won the WNEPSSA Sportsmanship Award several times – most recently in 2008. Finally, Avon has established a strong record of sending boys to play at the top collegiate programs in the country and Avon currently has several graduates playing at the Division 1 and Division 3 level.
Avon Old Farms remains a uniquely suited environment for the aspiring student athlete, pushing our boys to be the best everyday.