Penalty kick sinks Lawmen

Jonathan Law lost a tough 2-1 decision to Guilford High at Bittner Park on Sept. 23.

Law’s Antonio Gjuraj scored at 32:00 on a well-place free kick from just outside the box.

“The effort put forth by the boys today was outstanding,” coach Donato Piselli said. “We gave ourselves a chance to win against a perennial power. Antonio's goal sparked us and our organization, communication, and energy drove us the rest of the way.

“Our core players were solid, and they include Mike Chodziutko, Craig Calderone, Jon Costa, Herbie Pritchard, and Antonio.

“Other players are continuing to impress consistently. Gabe Salles has been steady in goal, and his leadership and the leadership of fellow captain Josh Paton has been crucial to our team’s camaraderie.”

Guilford broke the tie with eight minutes remaining on a penalty kick by the Indians’ Ben Rattet.

Wyatt Vilaseca scored first for Guilford at 19:10. Salles had 18 saves.

“At the conclusion of the game, the boys were devastated by the controversial penalty kick call so late in the game,” Piselli said. “But by the end of the bus ride they recognized the positives from the game and are ready to move forward.”