Wilson had a chance to sew up at least a share of the Narrows 3A title on May 2, while Foss was fighting for its playoff life. The Falcons’ desperation won out in the end, as Jesus Perez’s goal on a diving header in the 63rd minute – after missing the target on a header moments earlier – proved to be the game winner in a 3-2 win over the Rams on May 2 at Stadium Bowl.
“After I missed the first one I knew I couldn’t give up,” Perez said. “I kept trying and trying…and got that game-winning goal to keep us alive for the 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 could not 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.
“I’ve never seen anything like that in my life,” said Foss head coach Mark Kramer. “I’ve seen people try it. He’s tried it before.”
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.
“They pushed hard, but we just isolated their main players, (Saleh) and (Ramos),” Perez said. “If we isolate them they can’t have any shots, and we just capitalized.”
But the Falcons couldn’t sew up a playoff spot on May 7, falling 3-2 to Lincoln to get squeezed out of the tight race. Wilson, meanwhile, took the Narrows 3A title and the top seed to districts with a 3-3 draw against Shelton. They will play at 6 p.m. on May 11 at Auburn Memorial Stadium.