In their first state playoff appearance since 2004, the Wilson Rams outplayed Shorewood for the first 20 minutes but couldn’t produce any goals, ultimately falling 1-0 tonight to the Thunderbirds at Mount Tahoma Stadium.
Shorewood’s Taj McChesney provided the lone strike in the 32nd minute, stealing a ball near the top of the Rams’ box and driving a low shot past diving Wilson keeper Matvey Shitik.
That moment contradicted much of the theme of the first half, as Wilson kept possession in the Thunderbirds’ half for much of the period and outshot Shorewood 5-4. But the Rams got their best look at goal two minutes after halftime, as Munassar Saleh took a pass 25 yards away from goal and delivered a ball on the left to Aarjay Narayan, who drove a strike that was barely tipped over goal by Shorewood keeper Calvin Crawford.
The Thunderbirds then took over, outshooting the Rams 11-1 the rest of the way. Wilson escaped further damage in the 49th minute when midfielder Zach Schneider brilliantly dove to clear out a shot by Abdul Abdulla feet away from the goal after Abdulla moved around Shitik.
But the Rams couldn’t produce any more good looks at goal, and a last-gasp free kick from 25 yards out by Saleh with seven seconds remaining came up short and was stopped by Crawford.