TORRINGTON – The Torrington High School girls’ soccer team opened the home portion of the schedule Tuesday evening with a 3-0 win over the Gering (Nebraska) Lady Bulldogs.
The match featured a unique format. With Gering only having 12 players and due to the falling snow, sleet, rain mix, the teams agreed to play a 9-on-9 match and to play 20-minute halves.
“Despite the adverse conditions, they showed up, they came in ready to play,” coach Dave Cummings said. “They found a way to overcome these conditions and get that first win.”
Gering had the stiff north wind to its back in the first half, but Torrington held the visitors to only one shot attempt through the first 20 minutes of action.
“Once they realized it was still a soccer match and nothing fundamentally has changed, they adapted to that,” Cummings said. “The fact Gering only took one shot during that half shows how serious and how hard they were working.”
Despite having many good looks of their own, the Lady Blazers were unable to find the back of the net in the first half.
As teams switched sides with Torrington having the aid of the wind in the second half, it didn’t take long for the Lady Blazers to find the back of the net.
“We got our extra player in the second half and played on their half of the field that hole half,” Cummings said.
McKenzie Schwartzkopf netted the goal in the second minute of the second half.
Five minutes later, Torrington had a goal taken off the scoreboard due to being offside, but in the 12th minute of the second, Jade Brothwell scored her second goal of the season, pushing the THS lead to 2-0.
In the final minute, Katie Johnson capped off the match with the third goal of the game for the Lady Blazers.
Cummings have been emphasizing the ability to finish and put the ball in the net.
“We struggled with that over the weekend, but today, we came out and finished,” he said. “It’s going to be a good thing to build off going into Douglas.”
Torrington (1-3) travels to Douglas on Friday to open 3A East Conference play. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m.
Blazer boys blank Gering
The THS boys’ team traveled to Gering on Tuesday evening and came away with a 10-0 victory.
Torrington scored its first goal of the match only 17 seconds in, and according to Blazer coach Gabe Bartlett, it set the tone for the remainder of the evening.
“When you play games like that, the younger kids who may not play a lot of varsity time, played a lot and got some good experience,” he said.
Kieser Wolfe led the Blazers with four goals, while Pipo Rodriquez, Chase Miller, Deagan Keith, Graysen Shields, Aidyn Saucedo and Aidan Mattheus each had one goal.
Torrington got their 10th goal of the match with a little more than three minutes left on the clock, ending the match.
The Blazers (3-1) travels to Douglas on Friday to open 3A East Conference play. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.