Tapia’s two goals lift THS to win

TORRINGTON – Ellie Tapia was in the right place at the right time twice on Thursday against Rawlins.

In both instances, it resulted in scores for the Lady Blazers in the 2-0 win over the Rawlins Lady Blazers.

The win snapped a four-match skid for Torrington who hadn’t won a match since March 29 against Gering, Nebraska.

“The girls have been working hard, and it’s good for them to see the payoff for all their hard work the last couple weeks,” THS coach Dave Cummings said.

It didn’t take Torrington long to go on the attack with multiple shot attempts in the first five minutes of the match.

However, it wasn’t until the 33rd minute when Tapia scored courtesy of some miscommunication between the Rawlins goalkeeper and her defensive line.

In the final minute of the half, Torrington had another chance to score after the Lady Outlaw keeper fell down, creating an open goal situation. Unfortunately for Torrington, a Rawlins defender stepped in the way of the shot attempt, preventing the goal as time expired on the half.

In the second half, in the 60th minute, senior Grace Steinbock had a fast break, one-on-one battle with the Rawlins keeper. The Lady Outlaws blocked the shot attempt, but the goalie was unable to hold on to the ball. As it bounced away, Tapia was right there to score her second goal of the afternoon on the rebound.

“She’s been on the edge all season long,” Cummings said. “It’s good to see her finally break through and finish on one and be there for the rebound on the other one.”

The Lady Blazers (2-6 overall and 1-3 in the 3A East Conference) heads north to Newcastle (3-3 and 1-1) on Thursday, April 21 for a 3 p.m. contest.

“We are getting ready for them,” Cummings said. “We don’t know a whole lot about them at this point, but I think it’ll be easy working with the girls to get them prepped for that.”