Torrington High’s Kevin Vaca Voted Week 5
UChoose Student-Athlete of the Week

Torrington’s Kevin Vaca

Kevin Vaca of Torrington High has been voted our fall Week 5 UChoose Student-Athlete of the Week!

Vaca’s goal on a free kick in the second overtime gave the Red Raiders a 1-1 tie with unbeaten Naugatuck in an NVL game Oct. 8 seen on CPTV Sports (YouTube highlight above at the :39 mark).

Vaca tied the score for Torrington, which was playing with 10 men after a Red Raider was red-carded. A description of Vaca’s kick from the game story by the Torrington Register-Citizen’s Peter Wallace. . .


Kevin Vaca, Torrington’s superb center midfielder, led Raider charges throughout the second half, trying to reach the Greyhound penalty box before he was knocked to the ground – a chance at a penalty kick.

It was that kind of game, that kind of sound tactic for it.

“It was hands down, the most competitive game of the season,” grinned (Torrington goalie Nate) Manchester. “Kevin Vaca is a legend.”

Seven minutes into the second overtime, Vaca raised his legendary status.

Two minutes earlier, a Greyhound got the final yellow card. This time, it was a free kick from the top of the keeper’s box.

Vaca lined up his shot, sailing it into the upper right corner of the net, as unstoppable as (the goal by Naugatuck’s Dan Martin) was just minutes before.

Congrats to Kevin, who joins Fairfield Warde soccer player Taylor Gabrenas and Cheshire girls volleyball player Jillian Haberli as our UChoose honorees this fall. Click here on our guidelines for the award, which is determined in an online vote.