Lions best Lawmen, play again tonight
The Foran High boys soccer team will visit Jonathan Law tonight at 6:30, and if the first meeting between the city SCC rivals is any indication be prepared for a high-scoring contest.
Coach Rick DiStefano’s Lions defeated coach Donato Piselli’s Lawmen, 6-3, when they met at the Vito DeVito Sports Complex on Oct. 17.
Julian Yuliawan had two goals and Justin Kassouf two assists for Foran (3-8-1).
Herbie Pritchard scored three goals for Law (1-10).
Tyler Kasuba, Alex Eager, Cedrick Lingane and Adrian Burton scored the other goals for Foran.
“The match started off a bit too open for me,” DiStefano said. “They set up with one striker (Pritchard) and were looking to get him the ball directly over the top.
“They got an early penalty kick, which Tim (Orozco) saved but then they scored just a few minutes after.
“We responded and the third goal settled the game down and allowed us to possess the ball more. It gave us a chance to get back to being organized and keep our team shape. Then they came back.
“The second half started much like the first, and we got a goal from Cedrick to once again settle the match down.
“I thought we got a great performance out of Alex Eager. He scored one, assisted on another, and he was instrumental in settling us into the game and getting the ball to Julian in dangerous positions.
“Both Alex and Adrian gave us a lot of energy on the outside.
“Coach Piselli had them ready and prepared to play, they really work hard for him and they did a good job of executing his tactics.
“We play them again and will concentrate on fixing the things that set up their chances.
“I was pleased with our attacking play and the way we created chances, and we will continue to work on improving that aspect of our game.”
Eager, Lingane, Ethan Hanna, Burton and Leandro Jorge had assists.
Orozco made five saves for the Lions and Gabe Salles had 8 for Law.
Pritchard, a junior, put Law in front 1-0 with an unassisted goal in the game’s 8th minute.
Kasuba tied the game six minutes later, with Kassouf getting the assist.
Eager’s tally, with Kassouf assisting, put Foran in front 2-1 with 13 minutes remaining in the first half.
Yuliawan struck for the next two goals, coming in the 33rd and 35th minute.
Eager had the assist on the first and Lingane and Hanna had the helpers on the second.
Pritchard gave Law life before the half, when he scored with 39 minutes remaining before the break to make it 4-2.
Pritchard’s goal nine minutes into the second half closed Law’s deficit to 4-3 and made it anyone’s game.
Lingane broke through for the Lions, when he scored in the 62nd minute with Burton getting the assist.
Burton scored an insurance tally, with Jorge getting the assist, with 17 minutes remaining.
“It was a hard-fought game by both teams. Unfortunately, a few mistakes cost us,” Piselli said. “We look forward to the challenge of playing Foran at home.”
The Lions outshot the Lawmen, 20-8.
Yuliawan scored three goals to lead Foran to a 3-1 victory over Career/Hillhouse on Monday.
Jimmy Berkovich assisted on the first goal 10 minutes in, as the Lions improved to 4-8-1.
Kassouf had the second assist, in the 49th minute.
Yuliawan completed the hat trick with Lingane and Kassouf assisting at the 56-minute mark.