Two Bristol soccer players share ‚ÄúAthlete of the Week‚ÄĚ honors with regards to area scholastic sports, and they are Kendall Davis of St. Paul and David Bowes of Bristol Central.
Davis, the daughter of Jeffrey and Suzanne Davis of Bristol, is a senior captain and outside midfielder/forward for coaches Jim Husbands and Flavio Pereira. She broke the school mark of 62 career goals set by Pereira‚Äôs daughter, Helena, when she knocked in four goals to give her 63 last Monday in the Falcons‚Äô 11-0 rout of Derby.
‚ÄúKendall has had another all-state-worthy season,‚ÄĚ Husbands said. ‚ÄúShe‚Äôs leading the team in scoring and has set a new career mark for most goals scored, which proves she‚Äôs been a major offensive threat for us over the last four years. With hopefully another 8-10 games to play this season, the end of the regular season, the NVL tournament and the state tournament, she should be able to challenge for the single-season scoring record as well.‚ÄĚ
Davis, however, had her sights set on breaking the record for a while.
‚ÄúI‚Äôve wanted to set the record since last year when my coach [Husbands] told me it was possible,‚ÄĚ Davis said. ‚Äú[After the 63rd goal) I went up to coach Flavio and shook his hand. He said ‚Äėcongratulations‚Äô and was happy for me.‚ÄĚ
Davis then followed the record-setting game with an assist in a 3-0 shutout at home against Haddam Killingly and less than 24 hours later, recorded a five-goal outing in a 5-1 victory over visiting Sacred Heart. Davis entered this week with a career total of 68 goals, which includes 19 this season after having been slowed down for a while with a leg injury.
Her offensive success has helped the Falcons enter this week with a 9-2-3 record.
‚ÄúThis was our best team in a while,‚ÄĚ Davis said. ‚ÄúAnd if we‚Äôre going to the states, it‚Äôs this year. It‚Äôll be a lot harder because we lost one of our key players, Julie Dess. She broke her foot two weeks ago. We used to play a 4-3-3, now we have to change our whole formation and move people around to fix the gap.‚ÄĚ
Davis added that playing soccer has been beneficial for her.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs given me friends and something to do after school,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs helped me with time management. It‚Äôs helped me get into college. I committed last year to Belmont Abbey in North Carolina, where I‚Äôll be studying business and biology. They‚Äôre [Division II] and they have a good D-II program.‚ÄĚ
Bowes, the son of Ken and Marie Bowes, is a sophomore striker/center midfielder for head coach Nate Jandreau. He was solid in three games last week - wins over Platt on Monday and Middletown on Wednesday and a loss to Manchester on Friday - tallying two goals, an assist and one goal, respectively, in those matchups.
‚ÄúOne of the things about him is that as a sophomore, he‚Äôs already a leader,‚ÄĚ Jandreau said. ‚ÄúHe‚Äôs a leader in the huddles and getting the team prepared for games. He does everything that you‚Äôd expect from a senior leader. He‚Äôs already doing this as a sophomore. He‚Äôs a good kid, who is also good in the classroom.‚ÄĚ
With an 8-5-1 recording as of Monday, Bowes said this year has been filled with plenty of learning experiences that can only help the team come tournament time.
‚ÄúWe started off really strong,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúWe suffered some mental errors in our Manchester game, but we moved on and learned from our mistakes. After that tough loss [to Manchester] our team just wants to be back on the field and show them what we can do.
‚ÄúLast year we finished .500. Our goal this year is to make it farther in the [state] tournament. Last year, we got knocked out in the first round. We‚Äôve a much better record this year.‚ÄĚ
Bowes, who has seven goals on the season, took up the sport eight years ago at the Bristol Soccer Club because he father played the sport while growing up in New Hampshire.
‚ÄúI like that it‚Äôs a fast-paced game,‚ÄĚ Bowes said. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs the dedication it takes and being in a team atmosphere. I like setting up goals and getting goals. My long term goal is to play in college and as a team, win a state title. Individually, it‚Äôs just getting better as a player and making the players around me better.‚ÄĚ