Fate is in hands of Foran booters

Glaymer Cardona’s highlight-reel goal with 16:27 left to play helped the Foran High boys soccer team salvage a 2-2 deadlock with Lyman Hall of Wallingford, as the Lions earned their third straight draw.

Foran moved to 2-5-4 overall. Lyman Hall went to 2-7-2.

“We don’t want to lose this game for sure,” Foran head coach Rick DiStefano said. “We were looking at it as a game we’ve got to win. But, the draw doesn’t hurt us… It’s sort of the tale of our season. We created a lot of opportunities. We just have to start finishing a few of them.”

All four of the game’s goals were tallied in a frenetic second half that saw both sides give up the lead.

“We were a bit unlucky,” DiStefano said. “We made the mistakes so we sort of gave that lead away but we came back strong. The kids showed a lot of guts and determination. This team has fight in it… We don’t give up.”

Sophomore defender Caleb Tondora opening the scoring with 37:30 left in the second half, staking Foran to a 1-0 edge. The Trojans equalized almost immediately after the restart, as Ryan Doyle surged through the midfield and belted a shot past Lion keeper Evan Miller at 37:03.

Lyman Hall then took the lead at 26:22, on an own goal by the Lions. The Trojans won a long free kick from just inside half field and the resulting attempt bounced through the Lion penalty area, striking a defender and ricocheting past Miller.

“Their second goal was much like our first goal,” DiStefano said. “Kind of a miscommunication at the back, and we’ve been really good at the back.”

The Lions pulled level at 2 on Cardona’s marker — off an assist from Jimmy Cronin.

“It was fantastic. It was the goal of the season,” DiStefano said.

After the Lyman Hall result, Foran’s winning percentage moved to .364. Teams must achieve a 40-percent winning percentage to qualify for the state tournament.

Starting with Friday night’s home match against Wilbur Cross (9-3), the Lions have four games remaining: at North Haven (1-9-2) and home for Jonathan Law (4-6-1) and Coginchaug High of Durham (4-6-1).

“Our destiny is in our own hands,” DiStefano said. “We have games in front of us that we can get results from. If we do our job we’ll be OK.”