NEWCASTLE – The Torrington High School boys’ soccer team scored three goals in the first 15 minutes en route to a 7-0 victory over the Newcastle Dogies on Monday in Newcastle.
It was one of those matches THS coach Gabe Bartlett was hopeful to rest some of the starters, but those three goals were the only scores of the first half.
“We petered out in the first half,” he said. “We had tons of chances.”
However, things improved for the Blazers in the second half.
“The second half was a little better,” Bartlett said. “We scored four goals to get up 7-0. The last 10, 15 minutes, we got some subs in and the kids some breaks. Hopefully, we’ll be able repeat that on Thursday.”
One challenge Torrington faced in the match was spacing.
“Their field is the size of a football field and trying to get space on that was really hard for us,” Bartlett said. “The kids played really well. We were able to do some different things with formations. They handled that really well. We are trying to get things figured out as we get closer to state and if we need to change up some tactics here and there. It was a good game to do that.”
When the final horn sounded, senior Ty Prall netted four goals, while senior Durward Randall and juniors Deagan Keith and Kieser Wolfe had one goal apiece.
The Blazers (7-2-2 overall and 5-0-2 in the 3A East Conference) wraps up the busy week on Saturday in Riverton (5-6 and 5-2). Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m.