TORRINGTON >> Stubbing its toe Friday, the Torrington High School boys soccer team roared back 6-0 over Sacred Heart Monday at the Torrington Middle School.
The Red Raiders (4-1) whipped through three opponents with a 14-1 scoring edge, then handed St. Paul its first win of the season, 2-0, Friday in Bristol.
“We had it too easy in our first three games. We didn’t play the way we’re capable of (at St. Paul),” said Coach Mike Fritch. “Today we did.”
“Coach says there are losses that are good because they wake you up,” said senior forward Amar Suljic.
Unfortunately for the Hearts (0-5), Torrington is unlikely to take any other team for granted this season.
Monday, the Raiders were wide awake from the opening touch.
“We came ready to play today,” said midfielder Ryan Casper.
Building pressure from the beginning, Torrington had a feeding frenzy in the sixth minute, rattling the ball back and forth off defenders in front of the Sacred Heart net.
Casper restored order by whistling the ball into the net from five feet out.
Nine minutes later, Keyon Robinson produced a one-man show with his speed.
His first shot hit freshman goalkeeper Anthony Foschini (10 saves) 10 yards out from the line. The ball climbed over Foschini’s shoulder; Robinson raced around him to the ball, firing it home unopposed.
“I have no other skill sets but my speed,” laughed the senior forward.
That skill put Robinson – like most of the other Raiders – in the right place at the right time for pinpoint passes all game.
Center midfielder Kevin Vaca issued many of them.
“Last game, I had no good passes,” Vaca said.
Monday, if he couldn’t set up a teammate, the team’s leading scorer put the ball in the net himself.
Seventeen minutes into the game, he did that from the top of the keeper’s box, 3-0.
With a minute left in the half, he found Suljic in front of the net for an easy chip, 4-0.
Seconds later, Suljic, returned the favor.
Suljic took the ball into the left corner, passing back to Vaca at the penalty line. Vaca’s drive brushed the left side of Foschini’s net, 5-0.
The second half was Torrington’s chance to keep starters fresh for two more games this week.
Their replacements kept the Hearts out of the net, but it was close at times.
Sacred Heart’s Gustavo Carphio skimmed a shot off the top of the Torrington crossbar six minutes from the end of the game.
“We’ve hit the crossbar eight times this year,” said Coach Adam Sebastian.
A minute later, Torrington’s Alex Segovia avoided that by serving a pass to Robinson just off the Hearts’ left post.
Robinson’s skill set put the ball away for the final score.
“They’re fast; they’re talented; they’re one of the best teams in the league,” said Coach Sebastian.
“We’ll take it one game at a time and try to stay grounded,” said Torrington’s Suljic.
“Now we can get Friday out of our minds,” said Coach Fritch.
The Raiders host Woodland (2-3) Wednesday, then head for Seymour (4-1) Friday.
Torrington 6, Sacred Heart 0
At Torrington Middle School
Sacred Heart 0 0 – 0
Torrington 5 1 – 6
Goals: T – Ryan Casper; Keyon Robinson (2); Kevin Vaca (2); Amar Suljic. Assists: T – Vaca; Suljic; Alex Segovia. Shots: 19-4 Torrington. Saves: SH – Anthony Foschini 10. T – Nate Manchester/Colin Genovese 4.
Records: Sacred Heart 0-5; Torrington 4-1.