SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. – First-year Torrington Lady Blazers head coach Dave Cummings told his team following Wednesday afternoon’s 11-1 loss, they left the field better than when they when they began the game.
“That’s what is important at this point in the season. Douglas is up tomorrow and that’s the game we’re really looking at this week,” Cummings said. “I’m really proud of the girls’ effort coming over here and playing an opponent that is always tough. I think they learned some things that they can use (Thursday).”
Due to a 10-goal mercy rule in the state of Nebraska, the Lady Blazers didn’t play a full 80-minute match against the Scottsbluff Lady Bearcats.
Scottsbluff had a major advantage in the first half – the wind.
With the aid of the 20-30 mph north winds, the Lady Bearcats jumped out to a 8-0 lead at half.
In the second half, it really didn’t matter Scottsbluff was going into the wind, adding a ninth goal early in the second half before Torrington finally got on the scoreboard.
Sophomore Kameron Stitt connected with junior Dani Masterson midway through the half for what proved to be the Lady Blazers’ only goal of the game.
“We’ve been working on that combination all season long,” Cummings said. “It was really nice for them to see how it works in an actual match where they have a chance to get that interchange, get the goalie off balance and get the ball in behind her without any challenge at all.”
From that point forward, Scottsbluff added five more unanswered goals to end the game short of a full contest.
The loss drops the Lady Blazers to 0-8 on the season. Torrington returned to conference play on Thursday against Douglas and will wrap up the home portion of the schedule on Tuesday, April 23 against Newcastle.