Blazers cruise past Gering


GERING – The Torrington High School Blazers overwhelmed Gering, Nebraska, 7-0, on the road Tuesday.

A gritty, coordinated Blazers offense netted five goals in the first half while a solid Torrington defense completely shut out Gering from scoring.

Maintaining the momentum into the second half, the Blazers kicked in two more goals while Gering remained scoreless. Torrington’s second string entered the fray in the second half to finish off the job.

“It was good to go down to Gering and get the win before we move on and focus on Douglas,” coach Gabe Bartlett said. “We did good things, scored a lot of goals and everybody got to play.”

The Blazers established a 3-0 lead in the opening 10 minutes of regulation. Junior Elijah Hatch swept around Gering’s defenders and goalie to score first for Torrington.

Senior Adam Bartlett slammed in the second goal, off an assist by sophomore Anthony Arnusch. 

Hatch kicked in goal no. 3, assisted by Bartlett.

Later in the first half, Bartlett scored his second goal with a header from a corner kick delivered by Arnusch. 

Arnusch rounded out scoring for the Blazers in the first half with a goal assisted by senior Greysen Shields.

Torrington’s midfield and offense sustained the pressure on Gering’s defenders throughout the first half, including shots on goal by Bartlett, Arnusch, junior Skyler Thomas, Hatch and Shields.

Defensive hustle by Thomas, Shields, junior Kaiden Riggs, sophomore Beaux Shimic, junior Nataniel Stull, sophomore Jace Schlagel and junior Josiah Steinbrecher kept the Blazers backfield clear.

Torrington’s onslaught continued in the second half. Shields commenced the half with a goal right out of the gates and Riggs scored with a penalty kick.

Offensively, Hatch made several shots on goal while on defense, senior Carter Blevins cleared the ball from Torrington’s side of the field.

Junior goalie Ayden Shimic guarded the Blazer’s net on the rare occasions Gering broke into Torrington’s territory to post four saves.

The Blazers traveled to play Douglas on Thursday. Results were not available at press time. 

Torrington returns to the pitch following the Easter holiday to host its first home game against Rawlins at 5 p.m. on April 4.