IMS Soccer Takes Loss in Close Match

Brian Nchoe Maren

IMS dropped a heartbreaking 2-1 match to #13 ranked Burlington Notre Dame Monday evening on the IMS soccer field. The game started with a strong wind blowing from south to north giving the team headed towards the north goal a distinct advantage. Unfortunately, Notre Dame won the coin toss and chose to play with the wind at their backs. Using the wind to their advantage Notre Dame took advantage scoring with 10 minutes left in the first half. Making some defensive adjustments, IMS bolstered its defense shutting out Notre Dame the rest of the first half. The back line of Kobe Borntager, Eli Ours, Cody Jones, and Noah Miller along with goalie Blake Bontrager, did an excellent job containing one of the more potent offenses in Iowa 1A soccer.

As the second half began the wind began to die, but IMS forwards Louis Etienne and Brian Noche Maren, along with midfielders Jacob Boller, Drew Blauvelt, Toby Chen, John Hughes, and Jorge Canchola created numerous offensive chances but struggled to find ways to get off strong shots.  Ten minutes into the half Louis Etienne put a shot on goal only to see it deflected off the goal post and then a defender. The ball bounced to Brian Noche Maren who slammed the shot home to equalize the score.

During the rest of the half, IMS seemed to dominate much of the possession but struggled to get off good shots. Both teams tried to take advantage of counter-attacks but the defenses stood strong as official time ended 1-1.

IMS won the coin toss for the first overtime but the wind was practically non-existent making it less of an advantage. IMS created at least two strong shots but couldn’t find the net. In the second overtime, IMS was again pushing forward only to see Notre Dame take advantage of and slot one home to end the game with 4 minutes remaining in overtime.

IMS travels to West Point, Tuesday to play Holy Trinity Tuesday. With the loss, IMS records move to 2-1 in the conference and overall.