Gresham boys stay unbeaten with early goal against Wilson
6A BOYS SOCCER
|Gresham Gophers (4-0-1)|
|#4 Wilson (3-2-0)|
The Gresham boys soccer team passed its first test against a top-10 opponent Thursday night when Leo Ruiz connected on a goal midway through the first half for a 1-0 win over No. 4 Wilson.
Ruiz chipped a ball over the top of the keeper in the game's 22nd minute, and the Gophers withstood a flurry of attacks down the stretch to secure the early-season win.
As the clock ticked under five minutes to play, Wilson's Desmond Wendt let loose with a low shot from 25 yards out. Gresham goalie Sergio Aguilar tracked the ball through a crowd to come up with the save.
Wilson made another challenge with 1:30 on the clock when Dylan Wehrli got in close to the post and attempted a crossing pass only to have Aguilar smother it coming off his foot.
"There was a lot of pressure not to let them score," Aguilar said. "I had to stop that ball before someone else tapped it in."
Gresham (4-0-1) plays at No. 7 McNary (3-1-2) at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17.
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