Friday, May 12 at IMS
IMS 3, Mediapolis 1
May 13, at Mediapolis
IMS 5, Burlington Notre Dame 1
IMS 3, Columbus 2 – Championship game at Mediapolis
IMS began conference tournament play against Mediapolis picking up a 3-1 victory led by 2 goals and an assist from Cole Ours, and a goal from Louis Etienne. Seth Danga and Nick Yutzy also had assists. The score was closer than the game as Mediapolis kept nearly 10 players back in defense to try and prevent IMS from scoring. In spite of the Mediapolis emphasis on defense, IMS found a way to score. The first goal came from an Ours assist to Etienne who buried his shot with 17 minutes left in the first half. As time ran down in the half NIck Yutzy sent a long cross into the box where Ours headed the ball into the goal. With the lead and looking at two games Saturday, IMS substituted liberally trying to rest some of the starters. Mediapolis was able to capitalize scoring with 9 minutes left in the half. IMS responded a few minutes later as Seth Danga got the ball to Ours with 5 minutes left in the half for the 3-1 score.
IMS 5 – BND 1
Saturday IMS traveled to Mediapolis to face #10 ranked Burlington Notre Dame. Anchored by the strong defense of Cole Yoder, Mitchell Schmieder, Reggie Borntrager, Jacob Boller and Juan Andino the forwards and midfielders were able to push forward. Cole Ours took over, scoring twice in two minutes on assists from Nick Yutzy and Seth Danga in the 4th and 6th minutes of the game. With twenty minutes on the clock IMS earned a corner kick, one of seven in the game. Anthony Villatoro sent the ball to the far post where Ours headed the ball into the goal for the hat trick and 3-0 lead. At the 13 minute mark Ours found himself in front of the goal with another good shot. This time the ball hit the crossbar where it rebounded to Seth Danga who redirected the ball into the corner of the goal for the 4-0 half time lead.
As the second half opened Nick Yutzy sent the ball wide to Ours who beat his man down the side and deep into the box. Cutting across the goal, Ours beat the goalie to push the lead to 5-0. With the heat, playing on a turf field, and facing another game IMS got all its reserve players in the game to try and preserve some energy. Notre Dame scored with 25 minutes on the clock but the IMS back line of Yoder, Schmieder, Borntrager and Andino clamped back down to prevent any more goals, preserving the 5-1 win. Blake Bontrager recorded five goals in the match.
IMS 3- Columbus 2
Facing a short turn around time IMS faced Columbus which knocked off #1 seed Danville earlier in the morning. This game quickly took on a defensive feel as both teams struggled to find an offensive rhythm. The IMS back line of Yoder, Schmieder, Borntrager, and Andino kept the speedy Columbus forwards from doing much with the ball while midfielders, Isaiah Swantz, Gerardo Mendoza, Jacob Boller, Yutzy and Villatoro controlled the midfield. With 12 minutes left in the half Seth Danga pounced on a deflection to knock the ball into the net for the 1-0 lead. As time went to under a minute on the clock, Isaiah Swantz found the head of Cole Ours who turned the ball into the goal for the 2-0 half-time lead.
The second half began in much the same way as the first, as both teams tried to find a strategy allowing them more open shots. IMS took advantage of Louis Etienne’s speed as he outran a defender to the ball, cut across the touch line, taking a shot from a seemingly impossible angle but the ball found the net for the 3-0 lead. As the clock wound down IMS again tried to rest some weary legs. At the same time Columbus moved a defender up to the forward spot, a move which paid off with two goals in a little over a minute, the last coming with eight minutes on the clock. IMS got its starters back in place and shut down Columbus to preserve the 3-2 score and to claim the conference tournament championship.
Blake Bontrager had a total of 11 saves on the day, coming up big with six key saves in the Columbus game. Cole Ours finished the tournament with 6 goals and 2 assists, Seth Danga had 3 goals and 1 assist, Louis Etienne added 2 goals.
The defensive unit played well in the games with Burlington Notre Dame and Columbus. Yoder, Schmieder, Borntrager, Boller and Andino, along with midfielders Isaiah Swantz and Nick Yutzy deserve one more mention based on their excellent play throughout the day.
IMS moves to 11-3 overall and returns to action May 18 traveling to Mount Vernon in a varsity match scheduled to start at 4:30 with JV to follow.