The Sideline

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 This Week's Paper
Quick second-half goal leads Wilson past Mount Tahoma

Oswald Ramos struck for a goal less than a minute after halftime to help Wilson stay in first place in the Narrows 3A with a 1-0 win over Mount Tahoma last night.

“They definitely battled hard,” said Wilson interim head coach Dominick Cusato. “They’re a good team and they’ve been winning games lately. We just outworked them. We just wanted it more. It’s a testament to the boys.”

The Thunderbirds created most of the pressure early, getting the game’s first good look in the 15th minute when Cesar Ramirez’s shot deflected off the crossbar and was grabbed by Rams keeper Matvey Shitik in midair. Ian Karanja added another scoring chance nine minutes later, but his free kick from 20 yards out was deflected out by Shitik.

After not getting a good look at goal in the first half, Ramos caught the Thunderbirds off guard on a counterattack in the 41st minute, outracing the defense and sending a shot into the left netting from the right side.

Thunderbird forwards Brian Wambaa and Ian Karanja used their speed to create some pressure on the outside the remainder of the half, but were unable to create many serious threats.

The win gives the Rams seven league victories and a little bit of cushion for first place, as they look to sew up the league championship when they host Foss on May 2 at 7:15 p.m. at Stadium Bowl. The Thunderbirds, who remained tied for fourth place, will look to stay in playoff position as they faced a match at Timberline on May 2 at 7 p.m.

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