Wednesday, July 26, 2017 This Week's Paper

Falcons gaining steam, top Abes

// Santos tallies pair of goals for Foss

The Foss boys soccer team came into this season with high expectations after returning a good portion of the squad that advanced to the district playoffs for the first time ever last spring. After a rough start to the season, the Falcons continued their recent roll with a 3-1 win over Lincoln on April 11 at Mount Tahoma Stadium.

“They’re gelling,” said Foss head coach Mark Kramer. “They’re a great team in my opinion because of the way they get along with each other…they’re unselfish, they’re encouraging. They don’t get down on each other, they don’t start chirping at each other. They are a fun team to coach.”

The Falcons got on the board in the 15th minute, as senior midfielder Pablo Santos converted a penalty kick after being taken out in the box. Santos doubled the lead just over 20 minutes later, corralling a ball from 40 yards out and driving a beautiful strike over the Lincoln keeper.

“I practice (that shot) a lot, and I think that’s the benefit I get from it,” Santos said.

Kramer noted that with the striking ability of Santos, fellow midfielder Rene Ramos and forward Jesus Perez, the Falcons have developed some new elements to their offense.

“We’ve been trying to take the ball too low, and so I just said take the shots earlier,” Kramer added. “That’s why we were taking shots outside the box…that’s something we haven’t had in years past.”

Trailing 2-0 early in the second half, Lincoln created some good scoring chances, but a couple of early shots by Juan Leon narrowly missed.

“The breaks just aren’t coming our way,” said Lincoln head coach Monte Gibbs. “We have the potential, and we just haven’t put it together. We’ve got guys in the middle that can change the ball, we get the ball on the wing and get penetration, we just don’t have the guy to finish.”

Foss then took control in the 52nd minute when Koby Nguyen stool a pass off a goal kick and sent it to Perez, who slotted it in the left side to make it 3-0. The Abes finally got on the board 11 minutes later on Leon’s beautiful free-kick goal – which he curled into the left netting from the right side – but it was too late to have much of an impact.

The win gave the Falcons three league victories along with one draw, as they sat in a third-place tie with North Thurston. They will host Timberline on April 22 at 6:30 p.m. at Mount Tahoma Stadium, and travel to Shelton on April 25 at 6 p.m. The Abes will host Wilson on April 23 at 7 p.m. before travelling to Timberline on April 25 at 7 p.m.