A busy four-day stretch at LCS. Soccer, basketball and football highlights.
TORRINGTON: It was a busy weekend for the crew at LCS as we began our sixth season of covering the University of Connecticut men and women’s basketball teams while keeping our finger on the pulse of local sports at the same time.
Here’s a look at what we saw over the last four days.
---I was on hand for both of the Litchfield boy’s soccer team’s wins in the Class S State Tournament, first on Thursday in a 3-1 win over Berkshire League rival Housatonic and then again on Saturday in their quarterfinal win over Immaculate at Torrington High School.
The Cowboys were forced to move the two games to the Robert H Frost Complex due to the excessive rain we had last week that left the Plumb Hill facility in less than stellar condition for State Tournament soccer.
In both games, the true greatness of a duo that can be compared to any two players in the state came shining through as senior Charlie Shanks and sophomore Timmy Donovan combined to score all seven goals in the back to back wins.
Litchfield plays hard and fast and it showed in the game against Housatonic who pushed back just as hard but fell short of pulling off the upset.
The Cowboys are headed to the Class S semi-finals on Wednesday night against Old Saybrook at Falcon Field in Meriden with game time slated for 6:30.
The teams have played each other in two of the last three years in the tournament but never this deep.
One will be left standing on Saturday to play for the ultimate prize.
---On Friday night in a driving rain storm, I took in the Torrington/St Paul football match up of teams looking to get closer to the .500 mark before the 2018 campaign comes to a close.
The Falcons won this shootout by a final of 48-36 to improve to 4-5 while the Raiders fall to 3-6 with one game left, their annual meeting with Watertown scheduled for Thanksgiving Day at 10:15 at the Robert H Frost.
Things started well for the home team as junior running back Christian Estefani took a handoff on the Raiders third play from scrimmage and raced 73-yards for a touchdown, but the Falcons came back with the next three scores to go up 28-6, late in the first half.
Alaido Thompson would score on a 13-yard run with just over a minute to play in the half to cut the visitors lead to 28-14 but three plays later, St Paul would score on another long run (69-yards) for a 34-14 lead at the break.
Give Torrington credit though, they took advantage of a fumble on the opening drive of the third quarter and drove 75-yards with senior quarterback Ora Curry scoring the first of three second half rushing touchdowns, this one from two-yards out.
Curry would add scoring runs of 2 and 39 yards but every time the Raiders would inch back closer, the option offense of St Paul would strike again for a big scoring play.
Down 48-36, the Raiders executed a perfect onside kick that bounced off a St Paul player back towards the Torrington coverage team, but the Falcons were able to recover.
---Rick Wilson and Patrick Tiscia combined for the UConn coverage on Sunday with Mr. Wilson watching the women dismantle Ohio State while Mr. Tiscia was on hand as the suddenly interesting UConn men came away with their second straight win to start the campaign.
Sure, both wins were over teams they should beat but that hasn’t been the case over the past few years when beating these kinds of teams was an effort for the Huskies men.
Dan Hurley has certainly lit a fire under his team and the UConn faithful with an early season big game coming on Thursday as they travel to Madison Square Garden to take on former Big East foe Syracuse in a game that should be fun to witness.
Mr. Tiscia will be making the trip to NYC for us on Thursday.
---A productive four-day stretch for us with a great week on tap for us this week as well.
On Wednesday, we will be on hand in Meriden as the Cowboys look to keep their dream season going in the Class S semi-finals against Old Saybrook.
On Thursday, Patrick Tiscia will take to the rails for the trip to the Garden.
In between, we will be wrapping up the latest edition of the LCS Magazine, due out just before Thanksgiving.