TORRINGTON – The Torrington High School boys’ soccer team wrapped up the regular season with wins over Douglas and Newcastle, earning the top seed from the 3A East Conference at this weekend’s state soccer tournament in Jackson.
On Wednesday evening, the Blazers let a 2-0 halftime lead slip through their fingers.
They outshot the Douglas Bearcats, 11-1.
“I was really happy with how we played excluding a 15-minute stretch right after halftime,” THS coach Jeshua Arnusch said.
Douglas tied the game during that stretch, ultimately forcing overtime.
“I felt that we came out soft and allowed two goals that should have never been,” Arnusch said. “The first one we didn’t markup quick enough and then Douglas made a shot from half field that was quite interesting to say the least.”
Despite that, Torrington regained control of the game despite playing on turf, something that doesn’t happen very often for the Blazers.
“It definitely made the ball roll a lot quicker than what we are used too which resulted in us being so close to making a lot of goals like we would have on grass,” Arnusch said. “That’s why we call it the turf monster, but we are going to have to get use to it because that’s what we will play on at state.”
Torrington managed to break the tie in overtime to pick up the road win.
The Blazers got two goals from senior Tristen Kingsley and one from senior Josh Kingsley. Freshman Kyler Shields tallied five saves.
Two days later, Torrington returned home for Senior Night, capping off the regular season with a dominating 10-1 victory over the Newcastle Dogies.
“This was a good way to send off our seniors,” Arnusch said. “I thought we played well in most areas of the game. We hit some free kicks, made a header, and scored some clean up goals tonight. It was a good night.”
It took less than three minutes into the match for the Blazers to find the back of the net.
Senior Josh Posten netted the first of his two scores in the win.
A total of seven Blazers scored in the win, including a hat trick from junior Nate Gutierrez.
Ty Prall, Durward Randall, Ryan Clapper, Kieser Wolfe and Chase Miller also connected on goals.
“Overall I was really pleased with our play, and we got the number one seed heading into the tournament,” Arnusch said. “It’s been a fun season but there are going to be a lot of challenges going into the state tournament. The west is tough, and we have to be prepared to play some physical teams that have some different styles than what we are used too.”
The Blazers begin their bid for the 3A state championship on Thursday at 4 p.m. against Riverton in Jackson.
Lady Blazers fall to Douglas,
Newcastle to end season
DOUGLAS – The Torrington High School Lady Blazer soccer team was outscored 8-0 over the final two matches of the season, falling to Douglas 5-0 on Wednesday and 3-0 to Newcastle on Friday.
The Lady Blazers close out the 2019 campaign with a 0-15 record and 0-8 in the 3A East Conference.