In the first half both teams came out with lots of energy but play soon settled down as the teams adjusted to the cold, the wind, and the pace of the other team. Solon created the first offensive pressure but defenders, Justin Boller and Cody MIller proved up to the task as they helped to shut down several runs into the box. IMS was getting used to playing on a full size field as the preseason weather has made practicing on the fields a difficult process.
Solon was the first to score with 11:53 left in the first half. The goal came after the ball pinballed around the six yard box. Before goalie Joel Shetler could grab the ball a Solon player poked the ball across the goal line for the score. The IMS defenders, Boller, Miller along with Jameson Lammer and Kirby Shetler tightened down the defense and kept Solon scoreless the rest of the half.
Solon struck first in the second half as they continued to put pressure on the IMS defense. Joel got his hands to a shot but the ball deflected back to the 18. After a short pass, Solon put a strong shot past the goalie and a 2-0 lead.
The IMS midfield and forwards did not give up. Peyton Thompson, Nicholas Yoder, Enrique Sanchez, Spencer Schrock, Reggie Hostetler and Dillon Bender along with Lane Schrock, dug deep and found the energy to regain control of the ball and to push back. On a run towards the goal, Dillon Bender was tripped outside the penalty box and awarded a direct kick. Taking the kick from about 20 yards, Bender’s strong shot sent the ball flying by the goalie for a 2-1 score with 27 minutes left in the game
IMS nearly evened the score a few minutes later on a strong shot by Hostetler while Spencer Schrock and Sanchez created good opportunities from wide positions.
IMS returns to action Thursday traveling to Wapello for the first conference match of the year for IMS