SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. – The No. 3-ranked Torrington Blazer soccer team connected on two goals in the final minutes of play Wednesday afternoon to score a 2-1 come-from-behind win over the Scottsbluff Bearcats.
After playing a scoreless first half, Scottsbluff broke the stalemate midway through the half, grabbing a 1-0 advantage.
“They are a very good possession team. I was pleased with how we held our shape defensively,” THS coach Jeshua Arnusch said. “That’s probably the best possession team we’ll see all year.”
With five minutes left in the match, Torrington stormed back.
Sophomore midfielder Ty Prall tied the game at 1.
“I was also very pleased with Ty Prall. I thought he played great. He did a great job of moving up and playing against the wind,” Arnusch said. “We had moved him up to the midfield by that point. Our other guy pinched in tight and played a little 1-2 with him. He’s getting quicker. He just outran him. It was a nice confidence-booster.”
Two minutes later, junior Nate Gutierrez broke the tie with Torrington’s second goal of the game.
“That was a great play from Chase (Miller),” Arnusch said. “He put it in, and they committed to him. Nate just finished it.”
Scottsbluff had one more look at the goal in the closing seconds, but the Blazer defense held its ground to secure Torrington’s sixth win of the season.
For the game, the Blazers outshot the Bearcats 24-4.
“It was a tale of two halves,” Arnusch said. “We had to protect our box and let them have the possession and then counter attack.”
Torrington freshman goalkeeper Kyler Shields tallied three saves.
The Blazers (6-3) returned to conference play on Thursday against Douglas and will travel to Newcastle (2-6) on Tuesday, April 23.