TORRINGTON >> Watertown’s girls soccer team beat Torrington 3-0 in a game cut short by an apparent concussion to Red Raider goalkeeper Erica Morrison Monday at the Robert H. Frost Sports Complex.
With 24 minutes left, both coaches agreed there was little point in continuing a game the Indians (3-1) dominated from the beginning.
“They’re a good ball control team — the type of team that wears a team like ours out,” said Torrington Coach Mario Longobucco. “We’re thin and getting thinner every day.”
Junior defender Cara Baker returned for her first game since injuring a knee in the opener, bringing the Raiders (1-3) back to their full 17.
But Watertown starts its offense in the backfield, building its numbers as the Indians swing the ball from one side of the field to the other.
“That causes our defense to chase and we don’t have the depth for that,” said Longobucco.
Fatigue was one factor Monday; numbers were the other in the opening goal by freshman Morgan Dodge just two minutes into the game on a shot from the right wing.
“Our biggest thing is getting numbers behind the ball,” said Watertown Coach Christina Nunes. “Our offensive players defend as well. The higher up the field we can get the ball, the better our chances of scoring.”
“We always go for the first touch on the ball,” said Dodge.
That kept Morrison (8 saves) busy. Minutes after the first goal, she was out to the same spot for a save, then scrambled for another in traffic.
She fielded a header off a corner, then watched another corner kick whistle by the net untouched.
Fourteen minutes into the game, the Raiders got off their first shot.
In another five minutes, Watertown senior Erin Hughson came to the doorstep unopposed for a chip into the net.
“We work a lot of give-and-goes,” she said, after a series of short passes set her free.
Midway through the half, Torrington freshman Lizzie Kot got a foot on a ball in close; another Torrington corner kick brought the Raiders in close again.
Mostly, they chased short, accurate Indian passes.
With a minute left in the half, Watertown sophomore Meadow Mancini banged a rebound back into the net up close.
The second half was more of the same. Torrington kicked a shot over the net off a corner kick; a Watertown header went wide right off another. The Indians hit the left post following a restart.
Sixteen minutes into the half, Morrison fell on a save, seeming to bang her head on the turf in the fall.
While she remained motionless until an ambulance arrived to have her examined, the coaches agreed that was enough.
A concussion would likely hold Morrison out for several weeks.
“Alexis Tyrrell will be in goal. She’s our best athlete,” said Coach Longobucco.
She’ll get her first test Wednesday at 2-0-1 Wolcott.
Watertown waits until Friday to visit 1-1-2 Holy Cross.
Watertown 3, Torrington 0
At Torrington High School
Watertown 3 0 – 3
Torrington 0 0 – 0
Goals: W – Morgan Dodge; Erin Hughson; Meadow Mancini. Assists: W – Ashley Gugliotti; Mancini. Shots: 11-6 Watertown. Saves: W – Emily Hill 6. T – Erica Morrison 8.
Records: Watertown 3-1; Torrington 1-3.