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Big Wednesday on tap for Torrington boys soccer.

POSTED October 01, 2014
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

Kevin Vaca and the Torrington boys got off to a fast start with a 6-1 win over Ansonia at the Torrington Middle School on Tuesday. Vaca scored a hat trick in the game.

TORRINGTON: Winning with dignity. Act like you’ve been there.

Both are expressions winning programs understand, regardless of the sport.

In Torrington, the Raiders football team is starting to follow those principals in their second year under head coach Gaitan Rodriguez.

At 2-1, the Raiders are just a win away from matching their win total for all of 2013 and learning how to win while maintaining respect of an opponent is starting to sink in.

On Friday, the Raiders beat a young Oxford team by a 30-6 score but something was missing that turned out to be a positive.

Not once after a touchdown or big defensive play did Torrington break out chest pumps or extended celebrations. More often than not, whoever scored the touchdown simply flipped the ball to the referee and moved on.

This change is what Rodriguez has been preaching since the day he got the job a year ago.

“We are trying to teach them how to play under control,” Rodriguez said. “How to keep their emotions under control. You never know when you may be on the other side of a score like that.”

Torrington was on the other side of that final many times last year and in their season opener against Naugatuck, a 47-30 loss that was worse than the final score let on.

The Raiders will be on the road for one more week before their much anticipated home-opener on Saturday, October 11 against Derby when they take on Sacred Heart (0-3) on Saturday at Municipal Stadium at 10:30 a.m.

Turf and Track Project: D-Day is one week from today for the Turf and Track Project at the high school.

A busy week is on tap and with a little help from Mother Nature, Turf Committee co-chair Ed Arum is confident that the October 6 date is solid.

“It’s going to be tight but we will get it done,” Arum said. “Today, the scoreboard is being delivered and crews are working to finish the grandstands. One handicap ramp is already up on the home side. The track surface is being worked on and should be done by the end of the week.”

Crews from H.I. Stone and their subcontractors were at the school all weekend and Arum made sure they were not hungry.

“We brought them all Carbone’s sandwiches,” Arum said. “They have been pushing hard to get this done on time.”

On Friday, the brand new press box was lifted into place above the home bleachers.

Boys’ soccer: The Raiders and head coach Mike Fritch Jr have a huge match on tap for Wednesday when they travel to play NVL rival Naugauck at 6 p.m.

The Greyhounds are unbeaten at 7-0 while Torrington is right there at 6-1.

Keven Vasa has led the world in scoring early this season with 10 goals and four assists while Amar Suljic has pitched in with five goals and five assists.

Naugatuck has outscored their seven opponents by a 24-4 score to date and has several weapons the visitors will have to be aware of.

“Ygor Silva is the guy that makes them tick,” Fritch said. “We need to know where he is and keep possession ourselves as much as we can. They are the kind of team that will capitalize on any silly mistakes we make so we have to limit the. Should be a good game.”

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