Coming in at No. 5 on the 2013 Litchfield County best fall team list is the Torrington girls’ soccer team.
The Red Raiders started out very strong, 7-2-1 in its first nine games and were one of the top teams in the Naugatuck Valley League. The injury bug then came knocking and the they lost starting goalie, Taylor Howe and defender Kendra Covington for the season and then lost Emily Manchester and Olivia Morrison for a little bit during the end of the season.
After losing those players, the Red Raiders stumbled towards the end of the season losing five out of its last six games during the regular season.
They managed to squeeze into the NVL as the No. 5 seed and didn’t go away easy. They defeated No. 4 Holy Cross in the first round played an excellent game against No. 1 Watertown.
After trailing 1-0 in the first half, freshman Alexis Tyrrell scored to tie the game, before the Indians scored the game-winner eight minutes later.
The Red Raiders had chances to tie the game late including a corner kick by Olivia Morrison, with 25 seconds left that found Tyrrell who, from a bad angle, kicked the ball wide, ending the game.
In the Class L State Tournament the Red Raiders had the No. 24 seed where they would lose to No. 9 East Lyme, 4-1.
According to the people, with all the injuries and persistence, the Red Raiders girls’ soccer team is the fifth best team in Litchfield County from this past fall season.