IMS 1, Solon 0
For the second consecutive year, IMS met Solon at Spartan Stadium to play for the opportunity to go to state and for the second time IMS found a way to beat the #7 ranked Spartans. The game opened with a slight wind at Solon’s backs but it didn’t seem to bother IMS as the back line of Kobe Borntrager, Eli Ours, Jorge Canchola and Noah Miller along with defensive mid, Cody Jones, continually snuffed out Solon’s opportunities to go forward and create pressure on the goal. The few shots which got through were gobbled up by goalie Blake Bontrager.
Despite going into the wind, IMS forwards Drew Blauvelt and Louise Etienne along with midfielders Jacob Boller, Toby Chen, John Hughes, along with Brian Maren were able to create several chances on goal but were unable to score resulting in the 0-0 halftime score.
IMS had the slight wind advantage in the second half and took advantage, pushing forward more often accumulating six corner kicks in the half. But with Solon’s defenders staying deep it was difficult to find a way to break through. As the clock hit the last ten minutes Brian Maren intercepted a ball near the center of the midfield and lofted a ball over the back line. Solon’s goalie came out to get the ball but Jacob Boller was able to get his foot to the ball chipping the ball over the goalies head. For what seemed like long, long seconds everyone watched to see if the ball would bounce over the goal or settle into the net. When it crossed the goal line and nestled into the net with 9:57 on the clock IMS realized it needed to hold on for ten minutes for the return trip to state. As expected Solon upped its pressure trying to find the equalizer. Once again the back line, Jones at defensive mid and Bontrager in goal were up to the task, shutting down Solon and claiming the hard-fought victory over a worthy opponent.
#6 seed IMS will face #3 seed Sioux Center Thursday, May 30 at the Cownie Soccer Complex in Des Moines. IMS is now 12-4.