Wolcott Tech rides second straight hat trick from Rich to 3-2 win over Platt Tech.
TORRINGTON: The Wolcott Tech boys soccer team like to play at home.
They really like to play at home and their record over the past two season reflects that fact.
In 2018, they posted a 5-0-1 mark on their home pitch after having sported a similar 5-0-1 mark over their last six games of the 2017 campaign.
The trend continued in their 2019 home opener as they rode a three-goal effort from team captain Marc Rich to a hard fought 3-2 win over visiting Platt Tech.
Rich is on a hat trick streak of his own, owning back to back flourishes in the Wildcats (2-0) first two contests.
Tech went 10-5-1 a year ago and are looking to continue their upward movement as a team on the rise, led by Rich but with plenty of help.
“I love the commitment of these kids,” Rich said. “They’re coming out and giving 100 percent every day. They really want to win.”
Rich started the scoring less than five minutes in when he found the left corner of the Platt net with a nifty left footed shot.
The Panthers posted a 13-3-2 overall mark a year ago and beat the Wildcats at home by a 2-1 final and quickly showed why this would not be a cake walk by tying the game on a goal by senior Tom Pereanez.
Wolcott Tech would take back the lead minutes later thanks to some great food work by Rich, who broke in on the Panthers goalie, stopped and with the outside of his right foot, flicked the ball into the back of the net for a 2-1 lead.
Late in the first half, the visitors would tie things at two off a goal from David Oliviera that just rolled over the Wildcats goal line off a scrum at the front of the net.
In the second half, Platt Tech controlled much of the action in the home teams end with relentless pressure kept on by their midfielders.
Austin Ferrier had taken over for teammate Zach Famighetti in the second half and was kept busy over the first 20-minutes of the half.
The Wildcats made some adjustments, including putting one of their best defenders, Sean Arigoni, up front on a wing for added offense.
With just under 19-minutes to play, the pressure the home team was putting on paid off when Rich was taking down just outside the penalty box.
His free kick found pay dirt and the home team was up once again.
Rich credited some of the up-front changes for the increased opportunities in the second half.
“Sean (Arigoni) is strong and very fast,” Rich said. “He can beat any kid to the ball and down the wing he can make great crosses which the other kids might not expect. So, for us to put him there gives us a pretty good advantage.”
Things got dicey late for the home team as a shot on goal nearly crossed the line for a game tying score.
The referee called a foul on the Panthers though and the ball sat precariously at about the one- foot line for the free kick by, who else, Rich who cleared it past midfield and out of danger.
So, two games, two wins. Eight goals scored against two given up.
Nice start for the Wildcats who are in action again Wright Tech at 3:45 at home looking to extend their home dominance.