Soccer at Avon Old Farms
Soccer - Varsity
Soccer Program OverviewPlaying 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.
Q&A with Head Coach Carl Stensland
- What is your background?
- Who does Avon Old Farms compete against?
- Do Avonians go on to play at the next level after graduation?
- What is your coaching philosophy?
- What is the key to having a great team?
- What are the training expectations for your players?
- Beside the value of playing in a strong soccer program, at the end of the season what other valuable benefits do your players walk away with?
What is your background?
Coach Stensland: A soccer player since the age of four, I developed a deep passion for the sport. I was a competitive member of the Oakwood Soccer Club for a decade until it was time to move on to the collegiate level, where I played Division 1 soccer at Quinnipiac before transferring to Eastern Connecticut State University where I played for three years.
After college, I was an assistant men’s soccer coach at Eastern and was a youth soccer coach as well. In 2016, I began teaching and coaching at Mercersburg Academy, an independent coed college-preparatory boarding and day school for grades 9-12 and postgraduates in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania. In the fall of 2020, I joined the Avon Old Farms School faculty.
I have a master's degree in sport and recreation sciences with a concentration in soccer coaching from Ohio University. I also hold an advanced national diploma from the United Soccer Coaches. Currently I am pursuing my U.S. Soccer C License.
Who does Avon Old Farms compete against?
Coach Stensland: We are a proud member of the Founders League which is a group of highly selective college preparatory schools and nationally recognized as one of the most competitive and respected athletic leagues in the country. Our competition includes: Loomis Chaffee, Choate, Hotchkiss, Westminster, Taft, Kent, Trinity-Pawling, and Kingswood Oxford.
Do Avonians go on to play at the next level after graduation?
Coach Stensland: Absolutely, our players have been recruited by some of the top collegiate soccer programs. Here are just a few of the schools that our scholar athletes have attended in recent years:
- UC San Diego
- Gettysburg College
- Conn College
- Amherst College
- Howard University
- Bentley College
- Bates College
- Trinity College
What is your coaching philosophy?
Coach Stensland: I coach in order to inspire and empower those around me so that we can achieve our collective and individual goals. I aspire to develop not only better soccer players but more importantly, better people. On the field, my goal is to ensure that each practice is fun and exciting for my players. While every practice should be competitive, I also want to ensure that the players continue to love the game as much as I do.
What is the key to having a great team?
What are the training expectations for your players?
Coach Stensland: First and foremost, there are no shortcuts here at Avon. If you want to play and win, there is no easy way out. You will be expected to train hard—we take the stairs where others take the elevator. My players arrive at practice 10 minutes early and are prepared to work. Our training is much more demanding than the matches, so at game time we are ready to give 100 percent in all situations.
Beside the value of playing in a strong soccer program, at the end of the season what other valuable benefits do your players walk away with?
Coach Stensland: Avon has a strong tradition of excellence, and at the end of a season our boys come away with the understanding that success is more than a win-loss record ... they have an understanding that the path to victory, or defeat, is riddled with trials and tribulations. The way in which one prepares and responds to these hurdles defines the character of a man. At Avon Old Farms, we embrace this struggle and make sure our players continually learn lessons that will last a lifetime and help them be successful in the future.
Varsity Soccer Roster
|1||Lucas Villamizar||GK||2024||Edgewater, NJ|
|2||Samuel Dion||CDM||2023||Saco, ME|
|3||Eliot Stern||RW||2025||Pittsfield, MA|
|4||William Bannon||RB||2024||Unionville, CT|
|5||Peter Siana||ST||2023||Canton, CT|
|6||Baker O'Leary||CB||2023||Saco, ME|
|8||Gabriel Nader||CM||2023||São Paulo|
|9||Bruno Franco||ST||sao paulo|
|10||Colin Goodhines||RW||2023||Longmeadow, MA|
|11||Colin Dugan||CM||2023||Avon, CT|
|12||Miles Magro||RW||2023||Avon, CT|
|13||Kieran Marshall||LB||2024||West Hartford, CT|
|14||Charles May||CM||2025||Avon, CT|
|16||Francis Hagood||CB||2023||Charleston, SC|
|17||Lincoln Freeman||ST||2024||Avon, CT|
|19||Shikhar Motupally||CAM/RW||2024||Avon, CT|
|20||Grayson Shaw||RB||2024||Avon, CT|
|22||Edward Lister||CB||2025||Farmington, CT|
|24||William Bumgarner||GK||2023||Raleigh, NC|
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