Foran defeats Coginchaug to end skein

The Foran High boys soccer team defeated Coginchaug High from Durham, 4-1, in boys soccer action on Sept. 22.

Cedrick Lingane scored in the seventh minute to give coach Rick DiStefano’s Lions the lead.

Foran upped the margin to 3-0, as Leandro Jorge (49th minute) and Jake Kubic (53rd minute) found the back of the net.

After Coginchaug’s Alex Bogan scored unassisted in the 58th minute, Lingane garnered his second goal with four minutes remaining.

Kyle Greenspan, Jimmy Cronin, Jorge and Claudio Dos Santos had the assists.

Prashant Patel made six saves for Foran (1-5).

The Lions will play at Jonathan Law on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 6:30.

The early portion of the season’s schedule hasn’t been favorable to the Lions, who lost to Lyman Hall from Wallingford (4-0-1), West Haven (5-0), Sheehan of Wallingford (4-0-1) and Daniel Hand from Madison (2-0-3) before taking on Guilford High (3-1-1) at the Vito DeVito Sports Complex on Sept. 18.

“We’ve replaced all four backs and it’s tough to play Hand and then to get Guilford the next day,” DiStefano said.

“We’re looking to get a result and so far every team we’ve played has been unbeaten.

“We’ve been playing better, moving the ball well and our midfield, especially in the center, has been strong.”

Jorge, Greenspan and Lingane are junior midfielders, with senior Tyler Phillips, sophomores Jimmy Cronin, Rayon Meikle and Sam Thompson. Nick Lynn is a freshman.

Patel, a senior, is backed in goal by freshman Evan Miller.

Kubic, Joe Buzelle, Dan Izzo, Patrick Lapenna, Dylan Attolino and Jon Brennan lead the back line.

Jim Brekovich, Dos Santos, Glaymer Cardona, Ryan Young, Nick Muoio and Chris Pudill are strikers.

“In our division (the SCC’s Hammonasett), we can’t just impart our will on any one team,” DiStefano said. “We have to change tactics (as the game goes along). The kids get it, they understand the tactics.”

Guilford posted a 4-1 win over the Lions, as the Indians took a 1-0 lead at the 21:05 mark of the first half.

Foran had a good passing sequence here, with Lapenna feeding Lingane, who gave it to Jorge, whose shot rode high.

Guilford went up 2-0 only 1:09 into the second session and were on top 3-0 with 27:33 remaining after a rare defensive misstep put Patel in peril.

Patel dove to is left to stop a shot, but the ball came loose and Guilford’s Stephen Page was there to knock it in.

In the final minute of the first half, Cardona, a freshman who received extra time on the pitch after Brekovich was lost to an injury, was fouled 35 yards out.

Jorge’s free kick was on target, but keeper Colin Brocksieper punched the ball out. Greenspan sent a shot back on net, but Brocksieper made the save with 58 seconds left until the break.

Brocksieper came off his line on numerous occasions to keep Brekovich, Jorge and Dos Santos from reaching throughballs and crosses.

Lingane put Foran in the scorebook with 4:06 remaining in the contest by bending a free kick from the top of the 18 into the right corner of the net.