TORRINGTON – After Tuesday’s stumble against Scottsbluff, Nebraska, the Torrington High School boys’ soccer team returned to the win column against 3A East Conference foe Rawlins on Thursday evening.
Both of Torrington’s goals came in the second half in the 2-0 victory over the visiting Outlaws.
The Blazers controlled much of the match in terms of time of possession and shots on goal. In fact, Rawlins managed only one shot on goal for the entire 80-minute match.
But Torrington coach Gabe Bartlett wasn’t satisfied.
“Finishing bit us again. I wish we could finish better. We had a lot of point-blank shots,” Bartlett said. “We talked about this a lot last year. We need better movement. We need people not standing around at the 18-yard box. Somebody has to move. Somebody has to make a play and be willing to run.”
That’s where Torrington struggled throughout the match.
“We should have had 10 goals on that team,” Bartlett said. “We’ll work on better spacing and creating more opportunities inside the box.”
The Outlaws’ goalkeeper went down with a leg injury in the 47th minute after a hard collision with THS senior Kieser Wolfe, who was attempting to score.
Ten minutes later, Blazer senior Chase Miller finally broke the stalemate, sneaking a shot past the back-up Rawlins goalkeeper.
Torrington connected on its second goal of the match in the 76th courtesy of senior Aidyn Saucedo.
The win improved the Blazers to 7-2 overall and 4-0 in the 3A East Conference. Torrington is back in action at Newcastle (1-3-1 and 1-0-1) on Thursday. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.
“I think Newcastle is better,” Bartlett said. “Their scores seem to indicate it. We seem to play well in Newcastle. Hopefully, we’ll be able to continue that.”