Soccer defeats Holy Trinity in season opener

Jacob Boller, Isaiah Swantz

After a series of postponed games amid poor weather, IMS finally got its 2018 soccer season underway hosting Holy Trinity Tuesday, earning a 3-1 win. While IMS was playing its first game of the season, Holy Trinity took the field for the sixth time this year and while both teams came out hard, it was easy to see one team had some first game jitters. Despite some early miscues the back defensive line anchored by Reggie Borntrager and Mitchell Schmieder along with Kobe Borntrager and Eli Ours were able to stifle the few early offensive chances created by Holy Trinity. Balls which found their way past the back line were consistently grabbed by goalie Blake Bontrager.

IMS found the net first near the midpoint of the first half. After a shot, a deflection and poor clearance, Isaiah Swantz found the ball at his feet just beyond the 18 and buried his shot high into the corner past the diving goalie. Holy Trinity evened the score about ten minutes later converting a corner kick on a nice head ball for the 1-1 half-time score.

In the second half IMS applied consistent pressure and created numerous opportunities but struggled to finish. Once again Swantz took over. Awarded an indirect free kick from about 40 yards out, Swantz hit a lofting shot towards the goal. The goalie jumped high to deflect the ball but couldn’t fully clear the shot and watched as it hit off his hands and went into the goal for the 2-1 lead. IMS continued to push forward and picked up the final score when Isaiah Swantz sent a ball into Cole Ours who sent the ball across the face of the goal where Jacob Boller was waiting to turn the ball into the net for the final 3-1 score.

Thursday IMS travels to Burlington to take on Burlington Notre Dame which is 4-0-1 on the season.