TORRINGTON, Wyo. — Randy Wentz netted a pair of goals early in the second half to power the Scottsbluff boys soccer team to a 4-0 win over Torrington on Friday evening at Wiseman Field in Torrington, Wyo.
The win improved the Bearcats’ record to 4-1 on the season.
“They gave us all sorts of trouble in the first half,” Scottsbluff coach Nate Rock said. “The second half we played more of our pressure game and that helped out.”
Francesco Sechi, an exchange student from Italy, put the Bearcats on the board in the first half on an assist from Owen Parra, giving Scottsbluff the early 1-0 lead.
However, the Trailblazers tightened up on the defensive side of the ball, holding the Bearcats scoreless for the next 27 minutes and going into halftime down by just one goal.
Rock felt that the Bearcats were a little sluggish in the first half, but made the proper adjustments in the second half to create a little separation on the scoreboard as the match went on.
“They [Torrington] were just out-working us more than anything in the first half,” Rock said. “I thought we did a good job [in the second half] of matching their intensity.”
Wentz and Sechi took charge in the second period, hooking up twice in the final 40 minutes.
The pair combined twice in the first 13 minutes of the final half with Wentz scoring on a Sechi assist in the 46th minute, followed up by another Wentz goal on a Sechi assist in the 53rd minute, giving Scottsbluff a 3-0 lead with 27 minutes left in the game.
Rock said that getting good pressure on Torrington in the second half was a key adjustment that worked in the Bearcats’ favor.
“I felt like if we could just combine through the middle, we would be fine, and that’s what we started to do,” he said. “Really, it’s about our pressing game and how we began to press – we didn’t give them a whole lot of room to breathe.”
Scottsbluff put the final piece in the puzzle in the final minute of the game when Rico Cortez put the fourth and final goal in the net on an assist from Wentz.
The Bearcats attacked well on offense, grabbing the 11-3 advantage in corner kicks and out-shooting the Trailblazers 20-5. Brett Magana finished with five saves in goal.
Scottsbluff will return to action on March 30 when it travels to North Platte to take on district opponents Lexington and Grand Island Northwest.