IMS 2, Columbus/WMU 1
Playing on consecutive nights against teams with winning records, the IMS soccer team overcame weary legs and tired bodies to eke out a 2-1 win over Columbus/WMU. In the opening minutes anyone could likely have easily figured out which team played the night before. Columbus was a step faster to the ball putting pressure on the IMS back line of Juan Andino, Reggie Borntrager, Mitchell Schmieder and Cole Yoder. The group withstood the first Columbus offensive barrage limiting Columbus chances at getting off a good shot. Nine minutes into the game, a Columbus ball into the box created problems as goalie Blake Bontrager couldn’t get a grasp on the spinning ball. As the ball was careening among the legs of several players the ball bounced up and came off the arm of an IMS player. Columbus was awarded a penalty kick which they converted for the 0-1 lead nine minutes in.
Play largely bypassed the midfield as both teams attempted to relieve pressure on their back lines by clearing balls, while taking advantage of speed up front. Getting the ball about 30 yards out, Seth Danga beat three defenders on his way into the penalty box where he was promptly knocked over by a Columbus defender earning the penalty kick. Isaiah Swantz drilled the penalty into the upper corner to equalize the score at 1-1 with six minutes left in the half.
The second half saw both teams try to find ways to break down the other’s defense but with limited success as it was difficult for either team to get off a strong shot. With sixteen minutes showing on the clock IMS got a ball out wide to Louis Etienne. Etienne beat a defender and from about 30 yards out cracked a shot toward the goal. Etienne’s ball had some bend to it as it swerved by the goalie and into the net for the 2-1 IMS lead. The last fifteen minutes of play seemed to drag on as Columbus began pushing more people forward. With the help of Gerardo Mendoza and Kobe Borntrager, the back line remained strong limiting Columbus chances to score. Goalie Blake Bontrager notched three saves on the night.
IMS moves to 7-3 overall and 6-2 in conference play. IMS returns to action Monday, May 8 against Williamsburg. The six seniors on the team and their parents will be recognized between the varsity and JV matches
In JV action Columbus and IMS tied at 4-4. Columbus opened up a 4-0 half-time lead. In the second half, IMS turned it around, getting goals from Blake Bontrager, Seth Danga, Jared Schlabaugh, and Jacob Boller to tie the score.