Law girls repeat 1-0 win over Foran

The second meeting between the Jonathan Law and Foran High girls soccer teams this season ended up much like the first matchup.

Once again, a first-half marker, stingy defense and quality goalkeeping propelled the Eagles to a 1-0 victory over the visiting Lions in a Southern Connecticut Conference Hammonasset Division contest.

Law senior defender Cassie Wasson notched the game’s only goal with 8:02 left in the first half. Wasson broke past the Foran backline and hit a low shot along the flank that Lion keeper Carly Pala, off her line to cut down the angle, got a glove on. The shot had enough power on it though, as it trickled past Pala, over the goalline and into the back of the net for the game-winner.

“We really worked to get past their defense. I saw it and went for it,” Wasson said. “It means a lot to me for it to be my senior year and last time playing Foran to get the win.”

From there, the Eagle defense — led by Wasson and Mariah Root and the outside and Bianca Stefanacci and Kristen Passaro in middle — kept the Lions at bay.

Foran had a couple of quality chances to pull level — including off of a corner kick in the 79th minute.

Cassondra Zak swung a pass to Valerie Pozdnyakova, who drove a shot that was deflected out for the corner. Maggie-Marie Meyers’ ensuing attempt from the flag found an empty space in Law defense.

For a split second, the goal was wide open, before Eagle keeper Emily Romero swooped in the snare the loose ball.

“They put a lot of pressure on us, it wasn’t easy,” Law coach J.D. Rhode said.

Early on, the Eagles had trouble solving the offside trap deployed by Foran.

Lion defenders Lindsay Broderick, Kimberly Simko, Alexia Malangone and Kali Borden kept a high line that resulted in a slew of offside calls against Law.

“We couldn’t figure it out in the first half,” Rhode said, estimating Law was offside 16 times in the opening 40 minutes.

Brianna Grazynski and Erin Saley created chances in the midfield for the Eagles, but the breakthrough didn’t come until Wasson’s surging run caught the Lions flat-footed.

“I felt my defense did a fantastic job,” Foran coach Casey Blake said. “It takes a lot of communication and field awareness. They were all on the same page and it shows.”

Law’s defense proved to be even more unyielding, recording its fifth shutout of the season.

“We make it difficult for other team’s to penetrate our defense,” Rhode said. “We gave up too many corner kicks and too many free kicks inside our half. It gave them a lot of opportunities to get a lot of offense, at least on set plays.”

Petrucelli put some swerving free kicks on the Eagle net, but Romero came up the stop each time.

Foran just couldn’t generate enough offense and in the end, lost its third game in four contests following a 3-0 victory over Lyman Hall on Oct. 4.

“It’s been a problem of late. We’re putting everything together but we are still having scoring issues,” Blake said. “We’re getting there, we are getting shots, a foot, a knee, a head, we just need to get it on frame.”

The Lions (2-10-1) wrap up their season on Monday night against Sheehan High (4-7-3) at Riccitelli Field in Wallingford at 7.

Law went on to draw Hamden High (4-9-1) on Friday, 1-1, eliminating the Eagles from postseason contention.

Brianna Grazynski scored the goal and Romero had six saves.