The Sideline

Friday, August 26, 2016 This Week's Paper
Foss wins wild match over Wilson, improves playoff chance

In a game full of scoring chances, it was Jesus Perez's diving header in the 63rd minute that gave Foss a wild 3-2 win over Wilson at Stadium Bowl tonight, helping boost the Falcons' chance at the district playoffs.

Foss got several good looks early, but Wilson got on the board first after Munassar Saleh was taken out in the box in the 11th minute. Oswald Ramos' resulting penalty kick was deflected out by Foss keeper Sergio Barajas, but Andres Coronado was there to send in the deflection to make it 1-0.

Saleh had a shot hit the post in the 27th minute, while Foss' Rene Ramos had his header nail the left post in the 31st minute. Ramos made amends in the 39th minute though, striking for a goal to equalize.

Wilson went back on top 10 minutes after halftime, as midfielder Zach Schneider sent a shot from 25 yards out that bounced just in front of Barajas, who misjudged it and couldn't make the save. But Pablo Santos equalized immediately with a shot for the ages. The senior midfielder took a short pass off the kickoff and drilled an arcing shot from midfield that went off the post, off Wilson keeper Matvey Shitik and into the net to make it 2-2.

Santos was then able to help give the Falcons the lead in the 63rd minute. After sending a cross that Perez headed just right of goal moments earlier, Santos duplicated the play, with Perez's header this time finding the right netting to give Foss the lead for good.

Each team had several breakaway opportunities during a frenetic final 15 minutes, but the Falcons were able to hold out for the key win. Coupled with Mount Tahoma's win at Timberline, the Falcons and Thunderbirds sat tied for fourth in the Narrows 3A with six wins. Wilson sits tied for first place with North Thurston, but the duo is just three points ahead of Foss and Mount Tahoma, while Shelton sits in second place just one point behind. Wilson hosts Shelton on Tuesday night, while Foss plays at Lincoln.

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