GERING, Neb. – The seniors on the 2021 Torrington High School girls’ soccer team had never won a game. That changed Tuesday evening when the Lady Blazers scored a 2-0 win over the Gering Lady Bulldogs.
The win was the first of the season and the first since the 2017 season.
“This was a very good thing for them,” THS coach Dave Cummings said. “They were sad they didn’t get a chance to do that last year with the pandemic business, last year’s senior class was never able to take the field.”
Seniors Kameron Stitt and Morgan Bates scored one goal each for Torrington.
Cummings described the goals as “timely.”
“They were very powerful for the team,” he said.
Bates put the Lady Blazers in front with the team’s first goal in the first half, and Stitt added to the lead in the second half with the final goal of the match.
“It was a hotly contested battle. Gering came ready to play. They were hungry for a win,” Cummings said. “Our girls were also ready to play and hungry for a win. We were able to generate offensive pressure in this match.”
The defense also earned praise from the second-year head coach.
“The defense rose to the challenge to stop their counters and to take away from the crossing game,” Cummings said. “Jenessa Derby had a great game back in the goal. Altogether, it was a well-rounded victory. Overall, the team is moving forward and is looking forward to (Thursday’s) match against Douglas.”
The Lady Blazers (1-1) will return to the field after Easter with a road match against Buffalo on Friday, April 9 at 3 p.m. and a home match against Riverton on Saturday, April 10 at noon.