IMS 3, Washington 1
IMS closed its regular season on Senior Night with a 3-1 win over Washington. IMS established control of the ball but found it difficult to stick the ball in the net. Just a little over the halfway point of the first half, goalie Blake Bontrager sent a long ball forward which cleared the defenders head. Louis Etienne chased down the ball going at the goalie one on one, then calmly passing the ball into the net for the 1-0 lead.
The back line of Kobe Borntrager, Eli Ours, Jorge Canchola and Noah Miller stifled most of Washington’s forays into their offensive third helping to keep the score at 1-0 at halftime. In the second half IMS continued to create chances but found it difficult to convert the opportunities it created. With 24 minutes on the clock John Hughes sent a nice ball across the box where Brian Moren put a shot on goal. The ball was deflected out to Drew Blauvelt who blasted the ball from about 20 yards out and into the goal for the 2-0 lead.
IMS continued to put on pressure though Washington pushed forward trying and succeeding in creating several opportunities. With eight minutes remaining Brian Maren was able to get another shot on goal only to see it deflected back into a crowd of players. Etienne pounced on the ball rocketing it by the goalie for the 3-0 lead. As time wound down Washington took a long lofted shot which skimmed underneath the crossbar to make the final score 3-1.
IMS finishes the regular season 9-4 and 6-1 in conference. After the game IMS recognized 4 seniors, Jacob Boller, Blake Bontrager, Louis Etienne, and Cody Jones. All played important roles on this year’s team and last years team which went to the Spring State tournament.
IMS begins sub-state play Monday May 20 facing Grandview Christian at Pella Christian in a 5:00 pm start.