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Torrington sweeps Wolcott in soccer. Girls, 1-0. Boys 2-0.

POSTED September 12, 2014
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: “We gutted one out,” Torrington girls soccer coach Mario Longobucco said, “I’m happy to be 2-0 at this point.”

Gutted it out even though the Raiders dominated play in the mid-field, coming away with a 1-0 win over a game Wolcott team.

Alexis Tyrrell scored from 10-yards outside the box 11 minutes in on a looping kick that went over the Eagles goalie for the games only tally.

Early in their season, the Raiders are starting to show signs of a cohesive unit, especially on the defensive end where senior Kendra Covington is becoming a very good defender.

“Kendra has come a long way,” Longobucco said, “She has worked really hard to get here in her senior year.”

A stopper needs to be just that but also needs to be able to operate with a cool head and nerves of steel, not just the last defender who kicks without purpose and Covington is showing those signs.

Torrington employed an effective off sides trap all game long and it limited the Eagles chances.

A minute after the Tyrrell goal, senior Paige Middleton just missed connecting on a goal that just cleared the post, one of several opportunities the Raiders would have but could not convert.

“We have been playing well in the mid-field,” Longobucco said, “But we’re having trouble finishing.”

Casey Saade started in goal for Torrington and after playing well in the first half, earned another turn in the net in the second. Saade and Brie Pergola split duties in the team’s opener on Tuesday in a 3-1 win over Ansonia on Tuesday.

Saade came up with the save of the day when she stopped a shot with two Wolcott players right at her feet late in the game at the top of the box.

Longobucco has a number of weapons up front on offense, starting with Tyrrell who gets help from the always tough playing Paige Middleton and junior Aroya Jordan, who scored in the team’s first game.

Emily Manchester missed on a penalty kick late in the game but has played very well over the pre-season and the first two games.

In the midfield area, Ali Bottari and Courtney Dell’Agnes played strong, tough games against a physical Wolcott team.

A big test awaits Torrington on Friday when they host a state powerhouse, Immaculate of Danbury right back at the Torrington Middle School.

Torrington Boys Soccer: Mike Fritch Jr. and the Raider boys also stayed unbeaten on Thursday with a 2-0 win over Wolcott.

Kevin Vaca scored twice, giving him five in two games to lead Torrington.

His first goal was a beauty off a throw in that he caught midair with his left foot and rifled into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead 10 minutes in.

Vaca would add a second with seven minutes left off a penalty kick that was set up by a hand ball off a corner kick.

“We had 15 corners,” Fritch said, “I was glad to see us get a goal off of one, finally.”

The Raiders hit the post three different times in the game and dominated action in the Eagles end most of the game.

“We did just enough to win,” Fritch said, “We’re going through growing pains but are getting better each game.”

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