MILFORD — Since defeating Amity last week in stunning fashion, the Foran boys’ soccer team had trouble scoring and was held winless since. The Lions waited for the perfect time to solve both.
Led by two first-half goals from Julian Yuliawan, Foran defeated cross-town rival Jonathan Law, 6-3, at the Vito DeVito Sports Complex at Foran.
With the win, Foran snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 3-8-1, while Law lost its eighth straight and fell to 1-10.
“We had a lot of chances,” Foran coach Rick DiStefano said. “We really wanted to open the game up. Tonight, we really wanted to push our outside midfielders up.
“Alex Eager played great tonight. We did a lot of positive things. We were able to get the ball to Julian (Yuliawan).”
Both teams provided plenty of action throughout the contest. The first half set the tone of things to come, specifically Foran goalkeeper Tim Orozco.
With Law’s Herbie Pritchard taken down in the box, the Eagles were awarded a penalty kick 3 minutes, 30 seconds into the game. Orozco denied Antonio Gjuraj with a diving stop then stopped the rebound.
“The save on the penalty kick was huge,” DiStefano said. “He got the rebound too.”
With the action going end to end, Law caught Foran’s defense up the field and capitalized. Pritchard took a perfect feed and looped a shot over a challenging Orozco for a 1-0 lead 6:16 into the game.
“I thought he was fantastic,” Law coach Donato Piselli said of Pritchard. “They (Foran) are a good side. They are a well-coached team. The team plays well. I am happy with the way we played. But, when we score three goals, I would think we would be on the other side of it.”
The lead held up for close to 8 minutes, before the Lions scored four unanswered goals.
Tyler Kasuba evened the contest 7:38 later when he picked up a rebound of Justin Kassouf’s free kick and beat Law goalkeeper Gabe Salles with the equalizer.
The Lions took a 2-1 lead with 13:20 to go in the half, starting a run of three goals in 7:56. Kassouf again had a free kick and the ball found Alex Eager, who headed a shot past Salles.
“The game is all about emotion,” DiStefano said. “We got the equalizer, but we needed Julian’s goal to settle the game down.”
Gjuraj had a shot at the equalizer 2:20 later, but his shot sailed wide from 25 yards out. The missed opportunity hurt as Yuliawan gave Foran a 3-1 lead 3:09 later with a rocket from 25 yards out.
Yuliawan was not done in the first half. Alone from 20 yards out, Yuliawan ripped a bender off the left post into the net for a 4-1 lead with 5:24 remaining in the first half.
Law continued to battle and cut the deficit to two goals with 1:47 left in the half. Pritchard’s shot from 35 yards out snuck by Orozco, giving Law hope heading to the second half.
Law controlled play to start the second half and cut the deficit to 4-3 when Pritchard scored from 35 yards out on a ball that skipped past Orozco.
“We knew their threats were on set pieces and with Herbie long,” DiStefano said. “We gave up too many free kicks.”
With all the momentum on their side, the Eagles had a chance to even the game. Pritchard could not get his fourth of the game as his rocket from 30 yards out sailed over the goal 10 minutes in.
That was Law’s last threat to even the game. Cedrick Lingane picked a rebound of Adrian Burton’s shot in front and beat Salles for a 5-3 lead with 21:34 left.
The Lions iced the game 1:05 later. Burton scored off a corner kick, giving the Lions a 6-3 lead and putting Foran back in the win column.
Orozco made five saves for Foran. Eager and Burton each had a goal and an assist in the win, while Kassouf had two assists.