Sunday, June 25, 2017 This Week's Paper

Wilson tops upstart Foss

In hot pursuit of a league title, Wilson endured a 30-minute thunder delay in the middle of their match against Foss to earn a 4-1 win on Oct. 18 over the Falcons, who have become a remarkable story this season as they are in line for a playoff berth. The Rams got on the board in the 11th minute when Kailey Norling’s cross found Avery Smalls, who headed it in for a 1-0 lead. Megan Chambers then made it 2-0 two minutes later when she corralled a cross at the top of the box and drove it in. “I have to say I’m really proud of my girls tonight,” said Wilson head coach Angie Karabaich. “We’ve changed our formation. We’re utilizing our center midfielders a little more, and we’re really strong in the back.”

But the Falcons did not fold, getting on the board in the 26th minute when Tyfanni Chin outraced the defense on the right side and crossed a ball to Jennifer Dittell, who drove it in the right side. Foss, which had not won a game since 2008 before this season, is in line to get the third seed to the district playoffs after recording five wins on the year to that point. “They’ve done a phenomenal job this year,” said Falcons head coach Mark Kramer. “They’ve got to just concentrate on one game at a time and just enjoy the year…we were hoping to pull something out (against Wilson) to get better seeding, but just making the tournament for us is gravy.” Senior forward Brittainy Canonica put the game away for Wilson shortly after halftime, driving a shot just inside the left bar in the 42nd minute and later outracing the defense to score again for the final tally. “She’s becoming more of an accurate shooter,” said Karabaich. “She’s doing a great job, she’s really capitalizing on what we need to finish and she did today. I hope that happens for the next couple games.” The regular season closes out on Oct. 30, with the Falcons traveling to take on Lincoln while the Rams host Timberline at Stadium Bowl, with the league title likely on the line.