TORRINGTON >> Freshman Alexis Tyrrell led the charge to a 4-0 Red Raider girls soccer win over Wolcott (3-6) Monday night at Torrington’s Robert H. Frost Sports Complex.
The speedy forward nailed the only goal in the first half, then worked through more great chances before capping the Raider party (6-2) with the final goal in the second half.
Senior Olivia Robertge and junior Paige Middleton had the other second half goals.
Torrington’s offensive pressure mounted steadily after a fairly even first half, but the Raiders were nearly as proud of their defensive work.
“It’s our third shutout in a row,” said captain Roberge.
“It started with 1-0 at Naugatuck,” said defender Kendra Covington.
“That set our standard,” added Roberge.
“It was a good second half,” said Torrington coach Mario Longobucco. “We controlled the ball and passed to feet.”
Wolcott coach Chris Riviezzo conceded the second half. He thought his young team dominated early in the first one.
“We just had weak shots,” he said.
For Riviezzo, the turning point came with a foul call midway through the half that led to Tyrrell’s first goal.
“After that, they hung their heads,” said Riviezzo. “In the second half, Torrington outworked us, outskilled us and outplayed us. We gave up.”
Torrington ended the first half with a 13-6 shot advantage. Still, in the first 15 minutes, Wolcott had the noteworthy chances.
Senior captain Kaelee Collins had near-breakaways twice. Senior captain Morgan Gigliotti had a direct kick from 25 yards.
None of it was a problem for Torrington goalkeeper Taylor Howe (10 saves) or her defense.
In the 23rd minute, the referees whistled Torrington to a restart from 30 yards out. Taylor Pestritto worked in for a shot in a crowd. Eagle goalkeeper Isabella Inglese batted the shot out. Tyrrell pounced from five yards off the left post.
“She’s a hard worker and she’s fast,” said Roberge.
The Raiders took over the good chances from there.
Roberge had a go in the 25th minute; Olivia Morrison wheeled for a nice shot in the 27th; Peyton Smith’s shot curled just left of the post in the 32nd.
Torrington’s defensive efforts were often a work of art.
Pestritto and Howe showed its confidence in the 33rd minute. Defender Pestritto tapped back to keeper Howe, then swung wide of an Eagle attacker for a pass back from Howe on the wing.
“We like to start from the back,” said Covington.
Torrington aggression and close shots doubled in the second half.
By the seventh minute, Reviezzo hollered, “They’re outworking you!”
Raiders won the 50/50 balls, but rang up one near miss after the other for 25 minutes.
In the 26th, the practice paid off.
Middleton sent a perfect cross from the right corner. Roberge put it in from the far post.
“The second goal helped us up the energy,” said Pestritto. “It gave us a cushion.”
Middleton added comfort with a left-foot blast three minutes from the end of the game.
Seconds later, Tyrrell carried a pass from Covington down the left side, hitting her second goal on the run from 15 yards.
“It’s an honor to be out there with them,” said the freshman.
None of the Raiders take the honor lightly.
Senior captains Micaela Bottari and Olivia Morrison spent the weekend on crutches, nursing bad ankles.
Monday, they were ready to go.
Two of Reviezzo’s starters were out with injuries.
“That’s better than last week,” he laughed before the game. “I got two back.”
The Eagles will nurse their wounds for a week before hosting Ansonia next Monday.
Torrington plays on turf Wednesday in a non-league game at New Fairfield.
Torrington 4, Wolcott 0
At Torrington High School
Wolcott 0 0-0
Torrington 1 3-4
Goals: Alexis Tyrrell 2; Olivia Roberge; Paige Middleton. Assists: Taylor Pestritto; Middleton; Kendra Covington. Shots: 28-11 Torrington. Saves: W-Isabella Inglese 9. T-Taylor Howe 10.
Records: Wolcott 3-6; Torrington 6-2.