IMS 2, Iowa City Regina 1, OT
IMS knocked off #1 ranked Iowa City Regina with an overtime penalty kick goal from Isaiah Swantz with just under four minutes remaining in the first overtime period for the 2-1 upset win.
The game took place under gray skies and threats of bad weather but the thunderstorms passed to the northwest allowing the teams to engage in a hard fought battle marked by physical play, questionable calls, and a full range of emotions.
Going into the wind the first half, IMS put some immediate pressure on Regina nearly creating several chances but not getting off many clean shots. IMS’s best chance in the first half came when Louis Etienne gathered in a ball and took a shot which ricocheted off the crossbar. As Regina pushed players forward, the IMS backline of Kobe and Reggie Borntrager, Eli Ours and Mitchell Schmieder held strong, often pulling the anxious Regina forwards offsides. With thirteen minutes in the half Regina earned a corner kick. Taking the kick quickly, Regina scored off a head ball from the short corner and took a 1-0 half-time lead.
In the second half IMS had the wind at their backs but had a hard time sustaining a consistent attack. Regina also found ways to get into its offensive third but had a hard time getting good shots and those they did get were snagged by goalie Blake Bontrager. With thirteen minutes left in the half, IMS was awarded a direct kick from about 20 yards out. Isaiah Swantz rocketed a shot which bounced off the goalies hands and back into the path of Cole Ours who calmly buried the shot to tie the game.
As both teams looked for the game winner the game became wide open and the intensity and emotions grew. With about two minutes left on the clock a Regina forward broke through the backline and made a dangerous run towards goal. The IMS defender running with him fell (or was pushed) but another IMS player came across, clearing the ball and in the eyes of the official taking out the Regina player, awarding Regina a penalty kick. After the injured IMS player was helped off the field Regina stepped forward to take the penalty kick, but goalie Bontrager made the diving save preserving the 1-1 tie.
In overtime both teams tried to find ways to end the game without going to penalty kicks. On its first corner kick of the night, Cody Jones sent the ball into the box. Isaiah Swantz went high for the ball but it was grabbed by the Regina goalie. A whistle followed as the official ruled an IMS player was fouled in the box and awarded the penalty kick. After a delay while Regina appealed the ruling, Swantz stepped to the mark and buried his shot for the golden goal and the 2-1 OT win.
IMS moves to 10-0 on the season and returns to action Monday against #3 ranked Williamsburg in Williamsburg.