Foran boys soccer loses
MILFORD — Foran and Shelton reversed direction when the visiting Gaels scored a 2-0 decision over the Lions at the Vito DeVito Sports Complex.
Shelton broke a 2-game slide and ended Foran’s win streak at 2.
“We were better in the first two games. We will be alright,” Foran coach Rick DiStefano said. “We got away from the things we do well.”
Shelton took the lead after a 3-pass sequence found Alessio Sciortino open in front 4 minutes into the second half. Nolan Sevillano made it 2-0 with 17:55 remaining.
DiStefano said: “We didn’t create a ton, but we created enough to score 2 goals. It is football, you have games like that.”
Foran goalkeeper Luca Marinelli faced 5 challenges in the opening 40 minutes; the Gaels’ Reino Sawan was threatened 3 times.
Ben Cogan had the best chance for Foran to tally first. The senior striker got in on Sawan and unleashed a shot that sailed just over the crossbar midway through the first half.
Shelton’s speedy sophomore Noah Doyens made a fine run up the right side and crossed the ball to Sciortino in the 18th minute. Marinelli knocked the ensuing shot down and then held on tight.
Tight pressure in the zone by the Gaels’ Connor Gil earned possession for Matt Moura, who switched fields with the ball in the 31st minute. Sciortino unleashed a tough shot that was first juggled and then controlled by Marinelli (8 saves).
The Lions’ Basit Iddriss’ give-and-go with Kummer gave Iddriss a path toward Sawan but Deven Papadimitriou hustled over to stop a cross attempt at the 2-minute mark of the half.
One minute later, a determined Christian Boutote blocked a Shelton goal kick and chased it across the goal mouth, only to be beaten to the ball by Joe Reynolds.
Sawan got the start in net to start the 2nd half, with Alessandro Mallozzi taking over with 28:06 remaining.
Boutote immediately challenged the Shelton side with a breakaway. It was Reynolds once again doubling back to stop the opportunity.
Foran had 2 chances to tie the score in the 57th minute, first on a free kick and then on a hand-ball penalty but couldn’t get off a shot.
The Lions’ kept knocking, but Mallozzi made a sliding save on Cogan at 72:15.
A free kick taken by Ben Carlson resulted in a header coming out of a crowd to the right of the frame. It rolled in front of an open net, with Cogan looked to track it down. Shelton senior Brendan Smith, just off the bench, kicked it wide. The resulting shot off the corner opportunity was way high of net at the 72:47 mark.
“I think all over the field today we gave away the ball too much,” DiStefano said. “Most of the game was played in the middle of the field and they beat us there today.”
Shelton was on the road for the first time, having lost a 2-1 decision to Amity and 1-0 to Law. Foran was home after posting 1-0 wins over Law and Amity.
Winning early in an abbreviated season has added importance.
“The first game against every opponent counts towards seeding (for the postseason),” said DiStefano, who learned of the formula prior to the game. “If we are 5-2 to begin (the) season against our group those are the games that count; and end up 6-5, those first games count toward seedings. It’s weird, but we are playing the teams they send our way.”
Foran and Shelton are joined in their group by Amity, Law, West Haven, Platt Tech and Notre Dame of West Haven. Shelton has a solo outside match with Cheshire. Foran’s outside game is against Career/Hillhouse.
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