Law bursts Lions bubble
Senior Janessa Soucy’s breakaway goal with 2:09 remaining in the second half earned the Jonathan Law girls soccer team a 2-2 tie with city rival Foran High and, in the process, it eliminated any chances the the Lions had of making postseason play in Devon on Tuesday night.
Soucy took a pass from fellow forward Brianna Grazynski and beat Lions’ goalie Carly Pala with a rising shot that sailed over her right shoulder.
The deadlock for Law left the Eagles with a 6-7-2 record heading into its regular-season finale today in Wallingford against Lyman Hall. The Eagles have already qualified for the Class L tourney.
The tie, Foran’s fourth of the season against three wins and eight losses, leaves the Lions’ with 10 points, three shy of qualifying for the Class L state tournament.
Foran will close out its season at home on Thursday night against West Haven. It will be Senior Night.
Foran had taken a 1-0 lead in the game’s 22nd minute when junior Kayla Newall scored from 15 yards out.
The Lions’ lead held up until the 35:17 minute mark of the second half when Law’s senior midfielder Shea Lagonigro converted off of Kasey Butts’ corner kick.
Her perfectly-timed header eluded the grasp of Pala.
Foran re-took the lead, 2-1, when Kali Borden found a loose ball in the box and lined a low shot past Law keeper Emily Romero (eight saves on 12 Foran shots).
The goal came with 9:25 remaining and was the Lions’ first scoring attempt of the second half.
Pala, a sophomore, was spectacular in goal for the Lions. She made 16 saves (off of 26 Law shots), including two solo attempts by Law attackers in the first five minutes of the game.
“She single-handily kept them in the game,” said Law coach J.D. Rhode. “We created so many chances tonight and just couldn’t finish on most of them. She [Pala] was the primary reason why.”
Foran coach Casey Blake also lauded the play of her goalie.
“She had a stellar performance,” Blake said. “She carried us on her back tonight.
“We had some chances, but not enough. I thought at times we got the ball through their defense well.”
Foran had beaten Law, 1-0, last week at the Vito DeVito Sports Complex.
The Lions dropped a 4-1 decision at East Haven on Monday night, forcing them into a situation where they needed wins in their final two games to qualify.