Raiders fall on the road

By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Windsor Locks - posted Thu., Oct. 11, 2012
Senior midfielder Chris Toce deflects a pass during the second half of a loss versus Somers. Photos by Colin Rajala.
Senior midfielder Chris Toce deflects a pass during the second half of a loss versus Somers. Photos by Colin Rajala.

The Windsor Locks High School boys’ soccer team fell to the Somers Spartans 4-1 at Somers High School on Oct. 10, putting the Raiders on a three-game winless streak and dropping their overall record to 4-5-1. Windsor Locks started the season 3-0 but has not fared so well in recent games against the top opponents of the North Central Connecticut Conference. The loss came just a day after a tie versus conference frontrunner Granby Memorial.

The Raiders came out confident in the first half after their hard-fought tie and put the pressure on Somers right away. The Windsor Locks attack took control of the match in the eighth minute when they put Somers in a 1-0 hole. Windsor Locks sophomore defender Kenan Omerbasic played a ball from the Raiders’ backfield to senior midfielder Chase Dargie, who patiently waited for the defense to over pursue before firing a shot past sophomore goalkeeper Kyle Trusch.

“After we scored the goal, they started putting pressure on us and they started taking control of the midfield, which we had control of in the first 10 minutes,” said head coach Dan Eckert. “When they did that, they had a lot of speed in the back, and my guys have never seen that kind of speed. They had really good ball control and foot skills, which hurt us when they pushed up.”

Somers answered a few minutes later with a cross into the box and a goal off the crossbar. The Raiders would surrender another a quick goal after failing to clear a corner kick. Windsor Locks missed an opportunity to even the match up, when leading scorer, senior forward Keifer Souza, beat the Spartan defense and goalie on a breakaway but pushed the equalizer just wide. Somers would add another goal in the 25 minute for the 3-1 advantage. Windsor Locks outplayed Somers in the second half pushing the tempo and keeping a steady possession of the ball, but surrendered a final goal with eight minutes left.

The Raiders received strong contributions from their backlines and goalkeeper Ed Langan, who tallied seven saves. 

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