Bristol Press Athletes of the Week are St. Paul's Kendall Davis and Bristol Central's David Bowes

Published on Monday, 23 October 2017 22:40
Written by BOB MONTGOMERY

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Two Bristol soccer players share “Athlete of the Week” 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’s daughter, Helena, when she knocked in four goals to give her 63 last Monday in the Falcons’ 11-0 rout of Derby.

“Kendall has had another all-state-worthy season,” Husbands said. “She’s leading the team in scoring and has set a new career mark for most goals scored, which proves she’s 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.”

Davis, however, had her sights set on breaking the record for a while.

“I’ve wanted to set the record since last year when my coach [Husbands] told me it was possible,” Davis said. “[After the 63rd goal) I went up to coach Flavio and shook his hand. He said ‘congratulations’ and was happy for me.”

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.

“This was our best team in a while,” Davis said. “And if we’re going to the states, it’s this year. It’ll 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.”

Davis added that playing soccer has been beneficial for her.

“It’s given me friends and something to do after school,” she said. “It’s helped me with time management. It’s helped me get into college. I committed last year to Belmont Abbey in North Carolina, where I’ll be studying business and biology. They’re [Division II] and they have a good D-II program.”

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.

“One of the things about him is that as a sophomore, he’s already a leader,” Jandreau said. “He’s a leader in the huddles and getting the team prepared for games. He does everything that you’d expect from a senior leader. He’s already doing this as a sophomore. He’s a good kid, who is also good in the classroom.”

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.

“We started off really strong,” he said. “We 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.

“Last 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’ve a much better record this year.”

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.

“I like that it’s a fast-paced game,” Bowes said. “It’s 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’s just getting better as a player and making the players around me better.”



Posted in The Bristol Press, Athletes of the Week, Bristol Central, General Sports, St. Paul on Monday, 23 October 2017 22:40. Updated: Monday, 23 October 2017 22:43.