TORRINGTON – The Torrington High School boys’ soccer team had mixed results over the weekend, splitting matches against Newcastle and Douglas.
On Thursday, the Blazers traveled to Newcastle and defeated the Dogies 7-0, but on Friday, it was a completely different story in a 1-0 home loss to the Douglas Bearcats.
In the win, Torrington had seven different players score one goal each.
Pipo Rodriquez, Deagan Keith, Aidyn Saucedo, Cole Parriott, Kieser Wolfe, Skyler Thomas and Josh Stitt all found the back of the net in the win.
“We really needed that after Rawlins. That was probably our most complete game,” THS coach Gabe Bartlett said. “We played as a team. It was a great win. We got everybody in. We got to clear the bench, and our bench was as good if not better than Newcastle. That’s always nice.”
The momentum carried over into Friday’s home match against Douglas.
The Blazers controlled the time of possession for all 80 minutes, but one mistake in the 78th minute proved costly in the 1-0 loss to the Bearcats.
For the entire match, Douglas dropped back and played with 10 defenders.
“They just sit back and not even attempt to try to score,” Bartlett said. “I believe they were playing for a tie. Our kids at the end had so many chances, they kept pressing, pressing and pressing. It bit us. We had a lapse, and they took advantage of it. It’s frustrating when teams do that to us, and we can’t get it in the goal.”
Over the course of the 80-minute match, the Blazers took 33 shots with 21 of those on goal compared to Douglas’ three shots on goal.
Two of Douglas’s shot attempts came on free kicks in the first half, but the Bearcats third came with 2:06 left in the game. It proved to be the game-winner for Douglas.
“It took me a while (Friday night) to wrap my head around that,” Bartlett said. “We dominated the game. We were the better team by far, but it happens in soccer. It’s probably the only sport where a team isn’t very good can pull out a 1-0 win like that.”
The coach has a feeling the Blazers could see more of that tactic moving forward this season.
Despite the loss, Bartlett praised his team for their keeping composure throughout the match.
“Our kids were great. It’s really frustrating to only play a team that’s going to put 10 guys on defense and the way Douglas acts and how they conduct themselves,” Bartlett said. “It’s a wonder our kids held their composure so well. I’m proud of them for that. They didn’t feed into the way Douglas acts. They did everything we asked.”
Torrington is now 8-3 overall and 5-1 in the 3A East Conference. The Blazers are back in action on May 3 in Buffalo. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.