Raider boys soccer looks to take next step.
TORRINGTON: The goals have been there since the season began in early September.
The Torrington boys soccer team is at stage three in a four-part plan head coach Mike Fritch set forth to his team early on.
“We had four objectives.” Fritch said. “First, we wanted to qualify for States. Second we wanted to take the regular season Naugatuck Valley League title. Third was the NVL Tournament championship and fourth was a deep run in the Class L States.”
On Saturday on the fast turf at Municipal Stadium in Waterbury, the Raiders look to make that third goal a reality when they face off against Watertown at 4 p.m.
It’s been a season of chemistry building for a team that struggled a year ago but has found it’s way this fall.
On Thursday, the Raiders beat rival Naugatuck by a 1-0 score on a late goal by Shane Walker and a stubborn defense that held the Greyhounds off the scoreboard.
The teams had split the season series with each taking their respective home game.
Torrington lost to Watertown in the two teams lone meeting this season on October 5 by a 2-1 score in overtime.
The Indians come in with a 14-0-2 mark while the Raiders posted an 11-4-1 record.
Both teams took their respective division titles, Watertown in the Brass, Torrington the top spot in the Copper.
Fritch has gotten contributions up and down the pitch this season, Jairo Borja led the team in goals scored but got plenty of help from Shane Bierfeldt and Amar Suljic.
Suljic scored both goals in the Raiders 2-1 win over Naugy in the title clinching game and gives teams another scorer to worry about.
Watertown has shown resiliency when taken to extra time, having played in five overtime matches this year (4-0-1).
The Indians gave up a stingy six goals during the regular season and have some lethal scorers in Luigi Calabrese, Mike Ricci and Enri Duka.
Dave Hughes has been sensational in the nets for Watertown as has Zack Paniati for the Raiders.
The Division winners match-up in the finals.
What else could you ask for?
See you Saturday at Municipal.