Soccer falls to Burlington Notre Dame

Anthony Villatoro

IMS 1, Burlington Notre Dame 2

IMS hosted #7 ranked Burlington Notre Dame on another beautiful night which saw two evenly matched teams try to find ways to score. Through most of the first half IMS defenders, Juan Andino, Reggie Borntrager, Mitchell Schmieder and Cole Yoder were able to keep the speedy Notre Dame front line in check. With three minutes left in the half, the one forward showed an extra gear out running the defense and putting a shot in the goal for the 1-0 lead. Offensively, the IMS midfield and forwards were able to create good chances but couldn’t find the back of the net.

That changed seconds into the second half as Isaiah Swantz sent a ball through to the forward line. The ball took a fortuitous bounce off the back of a Notre Dame defender and into the path of Seth Danga who stuck the ball under the diving goalie to even the score. From this point on both teams tried to find the next goal but strong defensive and midfield play made life difficult for the offenses of both teams. As the clock went to under a minute and the game appeared to be headed to overtime, Notre Dame was awarded a direct kick from about 35 yards out. The lofted ball dropped between the bottom of the crossbar and the outstretched fingers of the IMS goalie for the winning goal with 30 seconds left on the clock.

IMS drops to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in conference play. Thursday, IMS travels to Mediapolis with game time starting at 6:30.

In JV action IMS picked up a 3-2 win.