Iowa Mennonite falls in sub-state matchup
Iowa Mennonite boys’ soccer has had trouble with physical teams all year, and that was the case again on Tuesday night.
IMS fell behind 2-0 in the first half and couldn’t climb out of that hole, losing 2-1 to Chariton in first round sub-state action.
“The things we struggled with all year were the things we struggled with last night,” IMS head coach Marcus Miller said. “You work on things all year long and when we’ve faced teams that were more physical we’ve struggled to score, and that was the case last night. Both teams scored goals on penalty kicks and then they had an own goal on us. I can’t fault my guys for the effort they showed. They played hard and left it all out on the field.”
The first goal of the game came when Chariton earned a corner kick. They crossed the ball into the box and it deflected off the back of an IMS defender and into their own net to make it 1-0 Chariton.
Later in the first half, Chariton was awarded a penalty kick after their forward was tripped in the box, which they converted on to take a 2-0 lead with 16 minutes left in the half.
IMS kept pressing as Spencer Schrock and Jameson Lammer pushed to control the midfield. Sending a ball forward, Kirby Shetler outran a defender as he headed toward the Chariton goal.
As he entered the box, Shetler was knocked to the ground, earning a penalty kick which Shetler converted to make the score 2-1 at halftime.
In the second half, IMS had their chances but was unable to convert on their opportunities, going barely wide on multiple attempts including a header just off the crossbar to give Chariton the win.
“We were doing what we wanted to do, but we just have some freshman that are kind of scrawny,” Miller said. “They were marking the one guy and making it difficult for him to get the ball. In the second half we outshot them, but that’s the way the game goes sometimes. I wouldn’t say they outplayed us. I’d say it was a pretty evenly matched game.”
Chariton will advance to face Mid-Prairie in Wellman on Thursday afternoon at 5 p.m.
IMS finishes its season at 10-10, and will graduate five seniors from the team this year.