Michaud (4 goals) leads Torrington to 6-0 win over Ansonia.
TORRINGTON: The bad news for the Torrington girl’s soccer team is that they are young, and it will be a season with its fair share of bumps and bruises that are associated with said youth.
The good news is that some of that youth is going to be very good and on Thursday night a pair of sophomores combined with a talented snior in a 6-0 win over Ansonia.
That senior, Kristina Michaud, put on a show in the first half when the home team jumped out to a 5-0 lead by scoring four times and adding an assist.
The two sophomores, goal keeper Abby McCarthy and stopper Payton Graham are going to be the real deal as time moves on, heck they are now.
Having three talented players up the middle of a team is a good way for head coach Mario Longobucco to build his program back up to the heights it once was.
In the teams first meeting, the Raiders and Chargers scored all five goals in a 3-2 Torrington win in a flurry of activity late in the second half in Ansonia with the visitors needing a comeback to take home the win.
Granted, Ansonia is not football-like on the pitch (1-8) but with a young team learning the basics at times, a win is a win is a win.
It didn’t take long on Thursday night for Michaud to make things happen.
Less than five minutes in, the senior forward shielded her defender from a 50/50 ball that gave her a clear shot at the goal once she gained control and broke free from the 20-yard line for the goal.
Graham set up the next goal with a lead pass that found freshman Leah Darby with room up the middle and the first-year varsity player converted for a 2-0 lead. It was 3-0 minutes later when Michaud notched her second tally of the night.
McCarthy is a weapon with a booming free kick that touches beyond the 50-yard line most times and the second year Raider found Michaud with a booming kick that the senior took in stride and created the goal with some nifty moves that culminated with her going across the box before converting with her left foot for a 4-0 lead.
Longobucco got quality minutes from a bunch of his youth movement, they make up a majority of his roster with just two juniors and two seniors at the top.
Darby showed an adapt touch with the ball in traffic on the offensive end while junior Olivia Smith played well on the defensive end.
Sophomores Caitlyn Albert and Madison McLaughlin attacked well and were aggressive on the 50/50 balls throughout the night.
Darby, Isabella Roy and Jade Robles are all freshman but are getting better with each game, something that bodes well for the Raiders future.
It may all start with the three standouts up the middle but for the Raiders to move up in the Naugatuck Valley League standing, the youth is going to need to grow quickly.
For one night on Thursday though, all was right in Raiders land.