TORRINGTON, Wyo. — A second-half scoring explosion by the Gering boys soccer team powered the Bulldogs to an 8-0 win over Torrington on Tuesday evening in Torrington, Wyo.
Holding just a 1-0 lead at halftime, Gering ignited for seven goals in the second half to register the win.
“It was about as big of a scoring explosion as I’ve seen out of our guys,” Gering coach Justin Clark said. “The last 15 minutes it seemed like we were scoring every two minutes or so. It was just bang, bang, bang.”
Gage Smith led the Bulldogs offensively with a hat trick of three goals. Smith scored the lone goal just seconds into the first half before netting two more after halftime.
Also scoring goals in the match for Gering were Joey Godinez, Marcelino Ramos, Matt Wolfe, and Brandon Wallace. The other Bulldog goal was credited as an own goal by Torrington.
Clark said his squad was fortunate to have a one-goal lead after the strong effort the Trailblazers opened the match with.
“Credit Torrington’s kids. In the first half they played us tough the whole time,” Clark said. “We had a hard time generating anything and they came with a lot of pressure. I’d say they outplayed us in the first half. We weren’t able to handle their pressure very well. Luckily for us, we were able to make some saves when we needed to and we were lucky when Torrington hit a post or two with some shots.”
After making a few adjustments at intermission, the Bulldogs found their rhythm offensively in the second 40 minutes and never looked back.
“We talked to the kids at halftime, made a few minor adjustments, and things really opened up for us in the second half,” Clark said. “We made some adjustments to relieve that pressure and create some better scoring opportunities. Defensively, Torrington presses forward a lot and we had a hard time at the beginning of the game dealing with their offside trap. We made some good adjustments at halftime that led to our goals. That was big for us.”
Jarron Rasnic led the Bulldogs with three assists.
Defensively for Gering, Dylan Wetherington made nine saves in goal.
Gering finished the match out-shooting Torrington 13-9. The Bulldogs also held a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks.
The win marked Gering’s third straight. The Bulldogs (4-2) will return to action on Monday when they travel to North Platte to take on Lexington and Grand Island Northwest.