IMS 4, Mediapolis 0
On a cold, blustery night IMS stepped onto the artificial turf at Mediapolis and picked up a 4-0 win led by a stout defense and two goals from Isaiah Swantz. IMS opened the first half with a strong crosswind that was blowing a bit towards the IMS goal. Using the wind to their advantage, IMS kept the pressure on Mediapolis peppering the Mepo goalie with numerous shots. Unfortunately some shots were taken a bit hastily, carried over the goal, or found the sure hands of the Mediapolis goalie. The defenisve line of Jacob Boller, Blake Bontrager, Reggie Borntrager and Mitchell Schmieder kept the ball out of their end most of the half quickly shutting down the Mediapolis attack the few times they pushed forward. The half ended with a 0-0 score.
Going into the wind the second half, IMS settled down and maintained possession better while pushing forward. Two minutes into the half, Anthony Villatoro took the ball out wide before trying to cut back when he was fouled. Villatoro took the direct kick and using the wind to his advantage, curled the ball into the back corner of the net. Eight minutes later Isaiah Swantz burst into the box on a give and go. As he sprang clear, Swantz was tripped, promptly earning a penalty kick call from the official. Swantz calmly stepped to the spot and powered the ball by the goalie for the 2-0 lead.
Down 2-0, Mediapolis began pushing more players forward which opened space for the IMS offense. Taking the ball wide, Cole Ours beat a player towards the touch line, then sent the ball inside to Nick Yutzy, who turned the ball by the goalie and into the far post. Swantz finished the scoring after Schmieder and Drew Blauvelt got the ball to the middle of the field where Swantz beat the defender and from about 25 yards out, rifled the ball into the net for the final 4-0 score. While the offense started clicking, the back line continued to stand strong snuffing out the variety of long balls Mepo began sending forward. Cole Yoder got the shut out in goal.
IMS moves to 4-2 overall and 3-1 in conference. IMS hosts Wapello, Monday, April 24.