Munassar Saleh’s goal in extra time gave Wilson a 2-1 win over Auburn Mountainview on Saturday at Auburn Memorial Stadium, punching their ticket to the 3A state tournament.
With the game tied 1-1, Saleh struck less than two minutes into the first golden-goal overtime period for his second goal of the match. The sophomore wing perfectly executed a give-and-go with junior forward Oswald Ramos, taking a pass, outracing the Lions’ defense on the right side and driving a low shot in between the legs of keeper Alex Fausko for the game winner.
“I gave it to (Ramos) and saw the space,” Saleh said. “Oswald is a great player. He saw me and gave it back right away.”
Auburn Mountainview had taken a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute when Emmanuel Saah crossed up a couple of Wilson defenders and slammed a ball into the net from 20 yards out. Saleh helped the Rams begin to create chances on the outside, as his shot in the 25th minute was tipped just over the net by Fausko. But no one was going to stop Saleh’s strike in the 32nd minute, as he took a pass from 35 yards out, switched feet and drove a shot past a diving Fausko and into the right netting to equalize.
With the win the Rams are scheduled to take on Shorewood on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Mount Tahoma Stadium in the first round of the 3A state tournament.