Boys soccer: Tigers drop Lions to extend streak

The Foran High boys soccer team lost a 3-0 decision to Daniel Hand of Madison on Monday at the Vito DeVito Sports Complex in a Southern Connecticut Conference Hammonasset Division contest.

The Tigers, who remained unbeaten with a 9-0-1 record, potted all three of their goals off of free kicks — extending their regular-season unbeaten streak to 35 games.

“We went into the game knowing they are a good team and we’d be up against it,” Foran head coach Rick DiStefano said. “But we played them very well last time (a 2-1 defeat at the Surf Club) and we thought if we could just stay away from giving away set pieces we could stay in the game.

“Unfortunately, we gave away three of them and they scored on three of them… To be fair, we didn’t give away too many but the ones we did, they made us pay.”

Foran, which dropped to 2-6-1, tried to keep pace, but the first-half markers from Jake Brown, Drew Montgomery and Lee Wildermann proved to be too much to overcome.

The Lions back line of Dan Izzo, Caleb Tondora, Dylan Attolino and Patrick LaPenna had the task of dealing with Hand’s formidable size in front of keeper Evan Miller

Cedric Lingane almost staked Foran to an early lead off of a free kick, but his shot struck the post at the two-minute mark.

“The whole idea was to counterattack,” DiStefano said. “I thought if we could have gotten that first goal, it could’ve changed the complexion of the match a little bit… It would’ve given us a little more confidence.”

At 35:33, Brown converted off of Tiger deadball, giving Hand a lead it would not relinquish.

Lingane, Kyle Greenspan and Jimmy Cronin looked to thread longballs through Hand’s defense, seeking out forwards Leandro Jorge, Ryan Young and Glaymer Cardona, but the Tiger defenders kept the pressure off of goalie Curtis Henry.

“We came into the game thinking and knowing their goalkeeper plays high when they are in possession and they are in possession a lot,” DiStefano said. “So we thought if we could play the ball toward the corners, sort of direct, we could get in behind them.”

Foran will look to start its drive toward the postseason qualification on Friday, when it travels to Bittner Park for a 3:45 p.m. contest with another SCC Hammonasset powerhouse, Guilford HIgh (7-1-1)

“I think obviously we have a lot to do, but we can do it. The kids believe they can do it, we certainly believe they can do it. There are times we play really good football… It’s there for us and we know it.”