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A look around the fall sports scene.

POSTED October 13, 2017
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: As the fall season rotates between summer like conditions and frigid temperatures, the high school scene rolls into its final couple of weeks.

Here's a look at what's cooking right now.

Torrington Football: The Raiders are on their first bye week of the season as they prepare for the final five games of the year.

Torrington sits with a 1-4 record after facing the upper echelon on the Naugatuck Valley League in the first half of their 2017 campaign.

Their next game is against Holy Cross on Friday, October 20 at the Robert H Frost Complex at 7:00 p.m., the first of four games against opponents who currently sport 2-3 records.

After the Crusaders, the Raiders stay home a week later to battle Kennedy, followed by a road trip to Woodland on November 3.

Their final home game will take place on Friday, November 10 when they host Wolcott before ending the season on the road 13 days later at Watertown (4-1) on Thanksgiving morning.

Is it possible the Raiders finish the season at .500?

A challenge indeed, but one that head coach Gaitan Rodriguez and his coaches hope they are up to.

The Raiders offense struggled against St Paul (26-8) and Ansonia (62-6), something they hope to turn around a week from tonight.

"GN" Football: The co-op of The Gilbert School and Northwestern stand with a 3-2 record as they too find themselves at a break in the action until they host currently unbeaten Coventry (5-0) on Saturday, October 21 at 1 p.m.

At 3-2, the Yellowjacket's may need to run the table if they hope for a return to the Class M playoffs in 2017.

They are currently ranked tenth in Class M, two spots out of the post season with a lot of work to do before that goal can be met.

Isn't it nice to talk about it though?

Scott Salius and his staff have raised the bar on expectation over the past ten years with the prospect of playing in December always on their minds.

Torrington Boys Soccer: Neither team found the back of the net in the Raiders last game on Thursday night as they played Wolcott to a 0-0 final that puts their team record to 5-4-2 with five to play.

Torrington plays an out of conference match against Brookfield (5-4-3) on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. before going on the road for games against WCA (1-10) and Naugatuck (9-1-1).

They play their last home game on October 23 when they take on St Paul (2-6-2) before ending the regular season on the road in Waterbury against Wilby (3-6-1).

Barring and upset, the Raiders should finish with either eight or nine wins with perhaps a shot at a home Class L State Tournament game but much work remains to be done before then.

Torrington Girls Soccer: Mario Longobucco and his girls team have made the best of a short roster this season on their way to a 4-8 record with four tough games remaining.

The Raiders had just 15 available players against Watertown on Wednesday night when they dropped a 4-0 decision to Watertown.

One bright spot for the team has been the play and development of freshman goalie, Abby McCarthy who is projected by some to be one of the best keepers in the NVL over the next couple of years.

Torrington will play three of their remaining four games at home, starting with Naugatuck (8-2-1) on Monday, October 16, followed by a match against Holy Cross (5-2-3) four days later.

Their last week of the regular season will feature a road game at St Paul (6-2-2) and the season finale on Wednesday, October 25 when they host Woodland (9-1).

Not an easy road by any means but playing spoiler at this time of the year can be a motivating force.

Oliver Wolcott Tech Boys Soccer: The Wildcats stand at 5-7 going into action today when they travel to take on Cheney Tech (6-5-2).

They need one more win to qualify for the states and will be home for their finals three against Bullards Haven (9-1-3), Platt (7-7) and Whitney Tech (2-7-2).


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