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Raiders boys soccer beats Seymour 2-0. Tim Gaffney has the story.

POSTED September 19, 2013
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney


TORRINGTON: There’s an old expression that if you let a team hang around long enough, it may come back and bite you.

On Wednesday night in Torrington, the Raiders boys soccer team was subscribing to that theory for the entire first half of their game against Seymour (1-2) and a good chunk of the second.

With but 15 plus minutes left in regulation, Ryan Casper cashed in off an assist from Shane Bierfeldt to break the scoreless tie before Alex Church put the game away with a tally at the 3:35 mark off a second assist by Bierfeldt.

This could shape up to be a special season for head coach Michael Fritch Jr. and his team who have a boat load of talent and speed.

Against the Wildcats, who came in with a 1-0 win over Holy Cross in their season opener under their belt along with a loss to Wilby, did just enough to thwart the home team over the first 40 minutes.

To be honest though, the Raiders were their own worst enemy in the first half, missing several opportunities from point blank range.

Amar Suljic broke in on Seymour goalie Roy Fitzgerald within the first 90-seconds but hit a wild shot off to the right of the goal.

Shane Walker did the same with six minutes left in the half by missing a chance from inside the box.

Walker and Torrington kept the pressure up late in the half with a beautiful cross that didn’t have anybody near it on the other side.

Raider standout, Amar Suljic was not getting any touches early in this one but when he did with under a minute left in the half, nearly found the mark with a booming shot that Fitzgerlad had to dive to make.

Seymour was hanging on but Torrington was letting them hang around.

Torrington would continue to dominate action in the Seymour end in the second half as Nick Mancini and John McCarthy nearly broke the scoreless tie with quality chances.

The dam finnaly broke with just over 15 minutes left in regulation that was set up by a nice cross by Bierfeldt that went across the middle, under a Suljic attempt and right onto the foot of Casper who put it home.

By now the offensive flood gates were open and everybody on the Raiders was pitching in.

Chris Parrotta sent a beautiful crossing shot that nearly found its mark but went just wide left.

The Raiders would put this one away just over a minute later on a goal started by Kevin Vaca who methodically moved the ball in the middle just outside the box to Bierfeldt on the left who found Alex Church on the right side of the net for a 2-0 lead.

Now 3-0, Torrington takes on 2-1 Watertown on Friday night at home.

The Indians beat Wilby 4-3 but lost to Holy Cross 5-0 in an up and down early NVL season.

Next Wednesday, Naugatuck brings their high powered offense (15 goals in the first two games) to the Robert H. Frost for an good early season battle between two of the top teams in the league.

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