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A look at the opening week of the fall campaign. Raiders boys soccer starts with a 3-2 win over Wolcott.

POSTED September 10, 2018
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney


TORRINGTON: As the weather made a U-Turn from the sweltering heat to mid-fall in a big hurry this weekend, the fall sports campaign got underway.

--Torrington Boys Soccer: Mike Fritch Jr saw his team jump out to a 3-0 lead over Wolcott in an eventual 3-2 win in their home and season opener on Thursday after several lightning delays at the start of the weather change we are still in.

With the graduation of star Naseem Thompson in June, opportunities opened up for the Raiders and within 15-minutes of the 2018 campaign, a pair of Raiders stepped up and made their mark with great efforts that led to a 2-0 lead.

The goal went to junior Xavier Rodas who got between the Eagles defense and found the back of the net with 27:25 left in the first half.

Torrington did a good job of controlling the middle of the field and it paid off a second time less than three minutes later when Janos Herczeg battled through a pair of Wolcott defenders with a tremendous individual effort that ended with a left footed shot past the out stretched goalie for a 2-0 lead.

The Raiders would extend the lead to 3-0 on a second half goal by Neyger Atariguana and withstood a furious two goal surge by the visitors in the last two minutes of the game.

Torrington travels to take on Kennedy on Wednesday at Municipal Stadium in Waterbury.

--Torrington girl soccer: The Raider girls are young and don’t have a great deal of experienced players as they started the 2018 campaign with a 5-0 loss at Wolcott.

Head coach Mario Longobucco, who is being helped this season by assistant coach Mike Tyler, has over 20 players on the roster, a good-sized increase from a year ago but it’s going to take some time for the group to get to know each other.

The Raiders will play their home-opener tonight at 6 when they host Seymour at 6 p.m.

--The Raiders volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision on the road at Holy Cross on Friday night as head coach Cassandra Raye made her coaching debut after taking over for Christian Gamari.

Torrington will host Wilby on Tuesday night at 6 p.m.

--Torrington football: The Raiders suffered a tough 35-0 loss at the hands of a strong Woodland team led by an extraordinary effort by Edit Krivca who ran for 275 yards and four touchdowns.

Torrington will look to bounce back on Friday when they host Derby at 6:30.

Derby won their season opener in a 28-18 win over Watertown.

--“GN” football: The season got off to a good start for the Yellowjackets in a 20-7 win over Old Saybrook/Westbrook on Saturday on the road.

Scott Salius and his crew will stay on the road this Friday as they travel to take on Rockville at 6:30.

--Lewis Mills football: The Spartans put up some points in their season opener but fell by a 32-27 final to the co-op from Coventry.

Mills will stay on the road this week when the travel to take on SMSA at 6:30 on Friday night.          

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