Raiders boys get back to winning ways behind hat trick from Nietch, beat Ansonia, 5-1.
TORRINGTON: During their recent three game losing streak, the Torrington soccer team was missing something. Their intensity.
They found it in a big way on Friday night as they blasted visiting Ansonia by a 5-1 final behind a hat trick from sophomore Braydon Nietch in a game that could have featured more scores.
“We were in a slump,” head coach Mike Fritch said. “We weren’t winning the 50-50 balls but tonight we came out with intensity and it showed.”
The Raiders started the 2019 campaign on fire, scoring 22 goals over their first three games while giving up just four.
Their first loss came in a hard fought 1-0 defeat at the hands of rival Naugatuck but they seemed to fix things with a 5-0 win over Wilby their next time out.
From there though, the wheels on the season slid off the tracks for three games, with losses to Watertown (2-0), St Paul (5-0) and most recently, Wilby (2-1) at home two nights ago.
“We kind of got ahead of ourselves after that start,” Fritch said.
Things had come so easy out the gate and the same full out effort we saw in the first week and during that intense Naugatuck game, was missing.
You could tell Friday night that all systems were go when the home team just missed scoring 20-second after the game kicked off when John McLaughlin just missed the net from close range.
McLaughlin would make up for the miss by sending a perfect pass to teammate Jahmario Seville at the 22:03 mark with Seville banging a shot to the left side of the net for the games first score.
The barrage of shots was on as the Raiders peppered shot after shot at Jamal Hanaif in the Chargers net and the Nietch show had not yet begun.
The speedy wing took a pass from Seville at the 17:00 minute mark of the first half at about the 30-yard line and made his way in on goal, sliding a nifty shot with his left foot that found the back of the net for a 2-0 lead.
Torrington was getting to nearly every ball this game and it led to a dominating first half.
In the second half, it was more Nietch with his second goal of the contest just three minutes in.
The Chargers had a chance minutes later when a foul inside the box gave them a penalty kick but the shot by Joseph Mongillo was launched far over the goal.
If they scored a goal there, who knows?
Nietch though, wasn’t done and made it a 4-0 lead off another assist from McLaughlin.
Martin Melo would get the visitors on the board with about 10-minutes left but the damage by the Raiders offense had been done.
Luis Morales scored his teams final goal as the second half wound down as the Raiders found the form that had been missing over the last three games.
Torrington out shot Ansonia by a 22-5 margin and improves to 5-4 with the win while the Chargers fall to 4-5.
Torrington 5, Ansonia 1
Ansonia 0 1 1
Torrington 2 3 5
(T): Brayden Nietch (3), Jahmario Seville, Luis Morales
(A): Martin Melo
(T): John McLaughlin (2), Seville
Records: Ansonia 4-5, Torrington 5-4