DOUGLAS – The Torrington Lady Trailblazers scored first on the road against Douglas on Tuesday, but were unable to hold on for the win, falling 5-1 to the Lady Bearcats.
“We played well. For a group of girls who are missing a possible three starters, or at least major contributors, we played very well,” coach Travis Rapp said. “We are a bit deeper this year and the girls’ attitudes are extremely positive.”
Brooke Peterson got the action started for the Lady Blazers, netting a goal early in the game set up by Jade Cooper chasing down a through ball and deflecting the keeper’s clearance. Douglas quickly responded with a goal of its own, tying the game at one apiece.
“It definitely felt good to get a goal early,” coach Travis Rapp said. “Our goal is to make that feel like business as usual.”
In the final minute of the first half, Torrington keeper Jenessa Derby came up with one of her 14 saves on a penalty kick to keep the score tied heading into intermission.
“Jenessa Derby, our freshman goalkeeper, played a fantastic first high school soccer game,” Rapp said. “She saved a penalty kick and made numerous other big one-on-one stops. Our defense really rallied around her and cleared a few balls off the line for her early in the game.”
Douglas came out of the break and put a goal in the back of the net four minutes into the second half to take a 2-1 lead and the Lady Bearcats didn’t look back. Douglas scored three more goals in the contest, including two in the final six minutes of action.
“This was a good game to show the growth of the program and these young ladies,” Rapp said. “We don’t feel like we fell back over the offseason, but rather are starting off right where we left off in Worland last year.”
The Lady Blazers hit the road again Thursday to take on Scottsbluff, Neb. after the press deadline. Torrington’s first home game of the year comes on Friday against Lander (0-1) with a 3 p.m. start.
“Lander always fields a strong team and they have a strong midfield. We’ll have to make a couple small adjustments,” Rapp said. “That’s something the girls showed last night – these girls are coachable and will be able to make adjustments from game to game to give us the best opportunity to win.
“We will need to create a more offensive attack, holding possession and pushing forward at the right time, not just to push forward,” he said.