SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. – The Torrington High School boys’ soccer team hit the road Tuesday evening for a showdown with the Scottsbluff Bearcats.
After battling to a scoreless draw through the first 40 minutes, Scottsbluff netted the match’s lone goal early in the second half, handing Torrington a 1-0 road loss.
“It was a slugfest,” THS coach Gabe Bartlett said. “We had our chances. It was one of those deals where both teams felt like they deserved to win.”
The loss comes in the middle of a busy stretch for the Blazers, who were coming off a pair of 3A East Conference wins over the weekend and is looking towards two more conference games this weekend.
“You try not to push them too hard, but the competitive juices and these kids, it was on,” Bartlett said. “It’s always a tough game with Scottsbluff. They are probably one of the more skilled teams we’ll see.”
With the match coming at the time when it did, the THS coaching staff knew they were probably going to be forced to sub a lot over the course of the game.
“It caught up with us in the middle of the game. At one point, we had to pull a wing down and put him at midfield,” Bartlett said. “We’ll get them rested and get them ready to go again this weekend.”
One of the major talking points with the team following the match was the comparison between Scottsbluff and some of the teams from the western half of the state of Wyoming.
“They play a lot like Worland does. They go down one side, playing it in the middle and switching fields on you,” Bartlett said. “That was a good experience. The kids played hard and we had every chance to win the game. We were in it until the end. It just wasn’t our night.”
Torrington (3-2-1 overall and 2-0-1 in the 3A East) hosts Rawlins (2-1 and 1-1) at 5 p.m. Friday and travels to Newcastle (0-4 and 0-3) on Saturday for a 2 p.m. contest.