Boys soccer: Foran turns back Jonathan Law

Bolstered by three second-half markers, the Foran High boys soccer team earned a 4-0 victory over host Jonathan Law on Monday night in an SCC Hammonasset Division tilt.

Leandro Jorge netted a brace of goals for the Lions, who snapped a four-game winless streak, while Cedrick Lingane and Chris Goglia added single tallies in the second-half explosion.

“It was a bit reminiscent of the first game (against Law), we had all the ball, all the possession and nothing happened,” Foran High head coach Rick DiStefano said. “They cleared about four or five balls off the line. We were really dangerous off of setpieces.”

Foran (3-7-2) controlled the tempo in the first half, but had nothing to show for its dominance on the ball — which led to eight corner kicks — until Jorge produced a counterattack goal with 48 seconds left before the half.

“It kind of settled us in a little bit,” DiStefano said of Jorge’s opener.

James Cronin provided the assist, leading the Foran counter down the right flank and driving a low cross into the box toward Jorge.

Jorge latched onto it and knocked it past Law goalkeeper Jaret Petrie for a 1-0 Lions’ edge they would not relinquish.

“It was a bad break for us,” Law head coach Mike Gruber said. “It was a tactical breakdown and a missed clearance. They made us pay.”

Law (2-9-1), winless in its last eight and riding a four-game losing streak, nearly pulled level early in the second half.

Lawmen defender Taylan Altin hammered a shot wide left of Foran keeper Evan Miller at 34:35. Antonio Gjuraj then got free in the midfield, flicking at shot toward the crossbar that Miller gloved up and over. Kevin Linn produced a darting individual run for Law off the ensuing corner, slaloming his way through a bevy of Foran defenders. But, his low bouncer was handled easily by Miller.

“It’s the soccer gods being cruel to us sometimes,” Gruber said of the missed chances. “This season, we’ve had some trouble finishing but we’re going to keep plugging at it.”

At 31:47, Lingane collected a lofted pass, snuck past a pair of Law defenders and belted a low shot to far post past a diving Petrie.

A tactical maneuver by the Foran coaching staff, switching to a 4-4-2 formation and isolating two powerful players in Lingane and Jorge up top, paid dividends for the Lions.

“We changed tactics,” DiStefano said.  “We went 4-4-2 and put our two strongest players up high. We knew if we had Leo (Jorge) and Cedrick up there at the same time it would be a big handful and it proved to be...

“For having a man on his back all game, Cedrick still got on the ball an awful lot.”

Gjuraj kept up the pressure as Law looked to get on the scoreboard, forcing a save out of Miller before blasting a shot over the top with 17:30 left to play.

Foran controlled the final five minutes of the contest, with Jorge scoring again at the 4:39 mark. Goglia then closed out the scoring at 3:07, as Foran avenged a 1-0 setback to the Lawmen back on Sept. 21.

Law hosts Guilford High (9-1-1) on Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

“We want to finish strong and play hard,” Gruber said. “We want to get better each game.”

Foran travels to East Haven High (1-9-1) on Saturday for a 12:30 p.m. kickoff.

“We need to make a run here,” DiStefano said. “We want to get on a roll now.”