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Raider boys soccer looks for records....Girls look to finish strong.

POSTED October 21, 2013
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: It’s been a magical and potentially historic season for the Raiders boys’ soccer team as they wind down the regular season and look forward to the Naugatuck Valley League Tournament which begins next Saturday.

A senior laden team (10) sits with a 13-1 mark with two to play. A key matchup will play out in Waterbury on Tuesday as the Raiders travel to Municipal Stadium to take on the Holy Cross Crusaders at 6:30 p.m.

Head coach Mike Fritch Jr. and his squad have just one blemish on their plate, a hard fought 3-2 loss to the top ranked team in both the NVL and Class L, Naugatuck.

Since their meeting with the Greyhounds, Torrington has rolled off eight straight, outscoring their opponents by a 32-1 mark.

Goalie Zack Paniati has nine shutouts under his belt to date.

The Raiders hold the fifth spot in Class L at the moment, winning out would preserve at least that spot.

A loss though, might drop Torrington to as low as eighth, making their matchup with a motivated Crusader club on Tuesday.

If they win out, this years team will have set a record for regular season wins with 15.

The Raiders finish the regular season on Wednesday back at Municipal, against Kennedy.

Torrington Girls: Mario Longobucco and his Lady Raiders wrap up their season on Monday night against Holy Cross on Senior Night.

The Raiders (8-6-1) currently sit in fifth place in the NVL, just behind the Crusaders (9-6).

A win moves Torrington ahead of Cross and in better standings in a very busy Class L division.

The Raiders are ranked 22nd in L while the Crusaders sit in the 16th spot in Class M.

A hot streak would come in handy for the Raiders who have dropped four of their last five.

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