IMS holds off Fairfield to win its home tourney
KALONA — No. 11 IMS edged Fairfield 1-0 in the championship game to win its home tournament on Saturday.
IMS scored early in the championship match and then held off the Trojans. Going into a slight wind early in the contest, IMS pushed the ball down the right side. Junior Spencer Schrock beat his man and then fired the ball across the box to senior Dillon Bender, who headed the ball into the corner of the goal.
Fairfield had two speedy and crafty forwards who put a lot of pressure onto the back line of IMS, but the defense, which was anchored by Justin Boller, Cody Miller, Jameson Lammer and Kirby Shetler, held strong and limited the Trojans to just five shots in the first half.
With the wind at its back in the second half, IMS put immediate pressure on the Fairfield goal, but IMS was unable to add to its score. The Trojans’ speed continued to cause challenges for the IMS defense, but the back line of Boller, Miller, Lammer, Shetler and reserve Michael Hershberger limited Fairfield to just three shots. IMS senior Joel Shetler also snagged five saves in goal. IMS midfielders Schrock, Bender, Peyton Thompson, Enrique Sanchez, Nicholas Yoder and Lane Schrock helped to limit Fairfield’s speedy forwards access to the ball.
IMS blanked a young Fort Madison team 7-0 in its first-round match. Sanchez and junior Reggie Hostetler both notched hat tricks, and both also picked up an assist. Bender added the team’s other goal, and Thompson added a pair of assists. Senior Nicholas Yoder and sophomore Kobi Russom both chipped in an assist.
IMS (8-2) hosts Wapello tonight at 6 p.m. for a Southeast Iowa Super Conference match and then travels to No. 2 Iowa City Regina on Tuesday.