MILFORD – The last time Foran and Law met in a girls soccer contest, Law may have had the better of the play, but Foran came away with the win. Fast forward three weeks with the stakes much higher, Law hoped to turn the tables.
Having the better of the play in the second half, Law capitalized on a goal by Catherine Rice to pull out a 1-0 victory in a Southern Connecticut Conference interdivision contest at the Vito DeVito Sports Complex at Foran High Wednesday evening.
The win vaulted Law into the state tournament with a 6-6-2 record.
“We just needed a tie to get in,” Law coach J.D. Rhode said. “We played for the win. We knew a tie gets us in. It was a little redemption from the last game (Foran). I think, for the most part, we had the run of play last time. We did not take care of our chances. We worked on our attack game and it is paying off right now.”
After Law had the better of the scoring opportunities in the second half of Wednesday’s contest, Rice finally put one in the back of the goal when she spun around and drilled a shot to the left side of the net with nine minutes, five seconds to go.
“We needed one game to get to the states,” Rice said. “Everyone was determined to do it. It does make it more special (against Foran).”
The loss by Foran puts a damper on the hopes of the Lions in regards to qualifying for the Southern Connecticut Conference tournament.
“They (Law) needed the game for states,” Foran coach Casey Blake said after her team fell to 5-5-4. “They needed a point. They had extra pep n their step. It was that crazy Law-Foran dynamic. It did not work out for us. We played hard, but we were not our usual possession team tonight.”
Law had the better of the chances in the second half as Bethany Edwards had a bender from 25 yards out hit off the post with 12:15 gone by in the second half, then had her low shot stopped 3:30 later.
Rice could not convert from 20 yards out with 20:33 to go and Edwards was turned away by a diving save from Foran goalkeeper Madeline Mitchell with13:35 remaining.
“We went into the summer with the class that came in as freshmen together with 20 girls, and we still have 11,” Rhode said. “The senior class has been leaders. They have been waiting for this year.”
The first half saw plenty of scoring opportunities from both teams, but neither squad could cash in as both goalkeepers came up with solid saves, and each team missed the net on occasion.
Foran’s Milani Gray was denied from five yards out by Law goalkeeper Gina DiFederico on an angle six minutes in, and Carly Malesky had her blast from 15 yards out sail over the net with 17 minutes to go in the half.
Foran’s Meghan Sengstacken had the best opportunity when her looping shot hit the crossbar from 25 yards and Mikayla Duhaime ripped a shot wide seconds later.
Law also had its opportunities in the opening half as Rice’s hard shot from 10 yards out was denied by Mitchell seven minutes in, and was denied again from 20 yards out less than three minutes later.
Cassidy White was stopped by Mitchell from 30 yards with 22:40 to go, before Ciana Lopes’ header was turned aside from 15 yards out with 6:25 left in the first half.