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Torrington girls soccer survive in OT, beat Woodland, 2-1.

POSTED October 13, 2010
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON- After a four game stretch that saw them face off against the best the Naugatuck Valley League had to offer, the Torrington girls soccer team came away with a hard fought, 2-1 win in overtime over the Hawks.

"We are battered and bruised," head coach Mario Longobucco said, "But we got through it."

The stretch, which started last Monday, at home, with a stunning 4-2 win over Naugatuck, was followed up by a 3-0 loss to Watertwon two night later and a 1-1 tie with the Greyhounds two nights after that.

A 1-1-1 record coming out of a week in which they could have lost all three, was a major plus for the Raiders enterting play against a tough Woodland team.

It took 100 minutes to decide this one, The Hawks took a 1-0 lead with just over five minutes left to play in the first half on a break-away goal by Steph Dumond.

That goal would stand up until midway through the second half when the Raiders would knot things on a goal from Aly Otis.

Otis was set up by Mariah Cerruto, who slipped a great pass through the Woodlnad defense where Otis slammed it home from about 16 yards away.

Both teams had chances to go ahead in regulation but could not, sending this one into extra time.

A scoreless first ten minute session led to a second, and the Raiders went ahead less than three minutes in.

Off a hard Sarah Royals shot, that deflected off the face of a Hawks defender, a scramble ensued.

Taylor Christiano came away with the ball and sent it to the back of the net from ten yards out for the winner.

The win puts the Raiders mark at 8-1-1, while the Hawks fall to 6-3-1.

Torrington will be in action again on Saturday, when they play an out of conference match against New Milford.


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