TORRINGTON – The Newcastle Lady Dogies came into Monday’s match with the Torrington Lady Blazers averaging more than five goals a game in their four prior victories.
The Lady Blazer defense and goalkeeper Jenessa Derby held the visitors to only a single goal, but on the offensive side of the field, Torrington couldn’t net a goal in the 1-0 loss.
We played well enough to win. We, obviously, came up short on offense. We could not get any consistency going,” THS coach Dave Cummings said. “Our defense was spectacular throughout the day. Newcastle has been hanging three or four goals on just about everyone they play.”
Newcastle’s only goal of the game came early in the second half in the 44th minute.
“They were able to capitalize on the one mistake our defense did make, and that turned out to be the difference in the match,” Cummings said.
Nineteen minutes later, Torrington had an opportunity to tie the match on a penalty kick, but senior Kameron Stitt’s attempt was blocked.
“She’s been one of our most reliable players this season, and you have to tip your cap to the Newcastle keeper because she made a very good play on the ball,” Cummings said.
The two teams meet up again on Thursday in a rare back-to-back match because of Monday’s makeup.
“It’s going to be interesting. It’s not something that happens often in the soccer season in Wyoming. They had a good look at us, and we had a good look at them,” Cummings said. “We will be both looking to take advantage of our strengths and capitalize on the weaknesses from the other team. It’s going to come down to who can do the most prep work in the next two days and who wants it more.”
Following the second meeting of the week between Torrington (5-6 overall and 3-4 in the 3A East Conference) and Newcastle, the Lady Blazers travel to Riverton on Saturday for match against the Lady Wolverines (3-6-2 and 3-3-1). Kickoff is scheduled for a 1 p.m.