IMS falls to top-ranked Regina in substate final
IOWA CITY — The ball just didn’t bounce the right way for IMS in its 5-1 loss to top-ranked Iowa City Regina in a Class 1A substate final on Saturday.
Sixth-ranked IMS nearly scored first when junior Reggie Hostetler took the ball just past midfield and lofted a shot that cleared the Regina goalkeeper but hit the bottom side of the crossbar. Even though the shot didn’t find its way into the net, it seemed to awaken the Regals, who responded by launching a quick counterattack that resulted in a goal 13 minutes into the match. Regina added a second goal minutes later.
IMS tightened up its defense and held the Regals scoreless until the closing minutes of the first half, when a Regina throw-in went into the box where the Regals knocked it into the goal for a 3-0 halftime lead.
Regina scored on a penalty kick to push its lead to 4-0 before IMS finally lighted the visitors’ side of the scoreboard. Awarded a direct kick near Regina’s goal, senior Peyton Thompson chipped a ball into the box where senior Dillon Bender headed it into the goal. Regina scored its final goal on a penalty kick with 10 seconds remaining in the match.
Senior Aaron Schmitz scored a pair of goals for Regina, while senior A.J. Adam, sophomore Michael Adam and sophomore Nicolas Ziniel each added a goal. Sophomores Jacob Adam and Teddy Nepola both assisted a goal, while junior Aidan Mullan made five saves in goal.
The Regals (12-1) advance to the state tournament, while IMS finishes its season with a record of 14-7-1.