DOUGLAS – The Torrington High School boys’ soccer team opened the 3A East Conference portion of the schedule on Thursday with a road trip to Douglas.
The match ended in a 1-1 draw despite Torrington outshooting the Bearcats a total of 44-10.
“It was very similar to Gering. We played really well. This game, we put it together a little better,” Gabe Bartlett said in reference to the team’s formation and structure. “Our passing and our possession was much better.”
Torrington controlled the ball for much of the contest.
“We, again, had the ball just like Gering, 95% of the time down in their half.” Bartlett said. “We dominated the game offensively and defensively. Those 10 shots were few and far between. We just couldn’t put it in the back of the net.”
Torrington’s lone goal came from junior Chase Miller in the first half.
The Blazers managed to keep Douglas in check until late in the second half when the Bearcats managed to tie the game on a penalty kick.
The Bearcats played the last quarter of the second half and overtime down a player as a result of a red card.
“All Douglas did was bomb it down the field in hopes we would make a mistake,” Bartlett said. “We didn’t really make a mistake, but they got it down there. We ended up getting a penalty, and they made the penalty kick.”
The story of overtime was much the same for Torrington. The Blazers managed to take “tons” of shots, but were unable to get one in, according to Bartlett.
“In the second period, we really pressed,” he said. “We moved guys up and pretty much threw everything at them. At one point, we had a center back playing all the way up.”
Despite all the pressure being put on the Douglas defenders, Torrington was unable to break the tie.
“It comes down to, we struggled again to finish. We had multiple guys with multiple shots on goal, and nothing to show for it,” Bartlett said. “Forty-four shots is an astronomically high number for only one goal.”
The Blazers (1-1-1) travel to Buffalo on Friday for a 5 p.m. contest before returning home to face Riverton at 2 p.m. Saturday at the old Wiseman Field.