Boys soccer: Avon beats Amherst to clinch SWC championship

Todd Shapiro
The Chronicle-Telegram

AVON — With a Southwestern Conference championship on the line, Avon pulled out all of its offensive firepower.

Nathaniel Vakos scored a pair of second-half goals as the Eagles clinched their first SWC title since 2018 with a 5-0 win over Amherst on Wednesday night.

The Eagles (11-2-1, 7-0-1 in SWC) got on the board early with a goal from Eli Kocsis in the 6th minute but it wasn’t until senior Ethan Sier scored in the 44th minute that the floodgates opened as Avon scored four times over a 27-minute span.

Though the Eagles haven’t lost an SWC match since Aug. 23, 2017, Avon was denied the league title in 2019 on the basis of two ties.

“Last year, we felt like we were deserving of the championship. This year, we came out with a vengeance,” Sier said. “We proved we wanted it more then any other team in the conference and you saw that tonight.”

Junior Nathaniel Vakos scored in the 55th minute and again in the 71st minute as Avon scored five goals for the fifth time this season.

“We focus our attack in certain areas of the field and it leaves space for me and (Ryan) Tober to get free on the sides,” Vakos said. “When I get the ball, I use my soccer IQ and just try to put it low in the corner. Keegan (Dawson) played me the ball (on the second goal). Keegan is a really smart player. I love playing with him and Tober on that right side. It’s really a blessing to be out there with them.”

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