TORRINGTON >> Eleven minutes into a boys soccer match at Torrington High School Monday night, Naugatuck’s Gabriel Carrelo got open for a 20-yard shot high into Torrington’s net.
The 1-0 score stayed put for the rest of a game featuring the ebb and flow of energy in a fast-paced evenly-matched game.
“It was two hungry, positive teams,” said Torrington Coach Mike Fritch.
“We suffered from a little fatigue at the end,” said Naugatuck Coach Brian Mariano.
In this game, those who didn’t feel that fatigue didn’t play.
The Greyhounds, 10-0-2, had the edge for the first few minutes with trademark quick, accurate passes.
The Red Raiders, 7-3-1, stepped up literally after Carrelo’s goal, proving they were at least a match for that game.
Torrington shooters broke open for shots four times in the final 20 minute of the first half – wide right, over the net, just past the goal mouth and wide right again.
In the second half, the teams traded good chances in the first 12 minutes – wide left for Torrington, straight to goalkeeper Luke Wassik for Naugatuck.
The Raider energy lulled.
“C’mon, it’s coming! You gotta gut it out,” hollered Fritch.
Torrington, with great speed up front, tried kick-and-run briefly; that didn’t work.
Naugatuck, with great ball control, made the Raiders play chase for a while. That didn’t work either.
Naugatuck let a shot fly wide midway through the half.
Torrington took its final great chances six minutes later, with a shot deflected over the net, then off the crossbar.
“That’s a talented team,” said Coach Mariano.
“We just didn’t finish tonight,” said Coach Fritch. “We’re still building toward (the NVL Tournament starting a week from Saturday). We might see (the Greyhounds) again.”
Naugatuck gets a three-day rest before hosting 10-2 Oxford Friday night.
Torrington goes to 2-9 Derby Thursday.
Naugatuck 1, Torrington 0
At Torrington High School
Naugatuck 1 0 – 1
Torrington 0 0 – 0
Goal: N – Gabriel Carrelo. Assist: N – Thomas Martins. Shots: 12-9 Naugatuck. Saves: N – Aren Seeger 4. T – Luke Wassik 8.
Records: Naugatuck 10-0-2; Torrington 7-3-1.