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Raiders boys soccer face off against Greyhounds tonight at 6 at the Robert H. Frost.

POSTED October 16, 2016
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney


TORRINGTON: Big doing’s on a Monday here in T-Town as the newly energized Torrington boys soccer team looks to take down an undefeated rival on their home turf tonight at 6 p.m.

The Raiders (7-3-1), fresh off an impressive 5-1 win over Wolcott on the road Friday, host the 9-0-2 Naugatuck Greyhounds at the Robert H Frost Complex as two teams, playing perhaps their best soccer of the year, square off.

Torrington held their second annual Golf Tournament on Saturday at Fairview Farms Golf Course in Harwinton and the buzz around the team and the upcoming battle with the ‘Hounds was front and center all night.

Early in this 2016 campaign, the Raiders shook off a sub-par season from a year ago and started playing the kind of soccer head coach Mike Fritch Jr had been accustomed to seeing during his tenure.

The team certainly had the skill players to get the job done, led by forwards Naseem Thompson, Jimmy Friscia and defenders Alex Segovia, Scott Dixon and Brandon Stater but after losses to Watertown and Ansonia (both on the road by 3-1 finals) there appeared to be something missing.

Being skilled sometimes isn’t enough unless one combines it with extreme determination, heart and desire and after some soul searching and some guidance from their head coach, the Raiders found their moxie.

A win over the Greyhounds would be an important one for the Raiders, who have the fifth best overall record in the Naugatuck Valley League as the regular season quickly winds down.

After Naugy, Torrington faces four opponents with a combined record of 7-38.

If play ended today, the Raiders would be ranked seventh in Class L and certainly gain either a bye or first round home game.

A potential 12-3-1 record would mark a drastic improvement from a year ago and firmly put the Raiders back in the spot the program is accustomed too.

We will be on hand to bring you the story from THS later tonight.

 

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