Iowa Mennonite soccer players get senior night win
KALONA – The Iowa Mennonite School’s boys’ soccer team took the field against Southeast Iowa Super Conference opponent Holy Trinity in its home finale last night.
On a night when the seniors and their parents would be honored, it was the seniors who led the team to the win.
Senior Reggie Hostetler played his first full game in goal since an injury knocked him out for most of the season. His presence provided the team a morale boost as it took the field.
IMS did create some early offensive pressure as Kobi Russom took a ball deep into the corner. Russom bounced the ball over the goalie’s head for the early 1 – 0 lead.
With 15 minutes left in the half, IMS earned a corner kick. Spencer Shrock placed the ball into the back of the box where Jameson Lammer was waiting to head the ball into the goal for the 2 – 0 lead.
With three minutes left in the first half, Eli Gingerich put a ball into the box which the Crusader goalie did not handle cleanly. As the goalie was on the ground reaching for the ball, Kirby Shetler pounced, sending the ball into the goal for the 3 – 0 halftime lead.
In the second half, IMS struggled to keep possession and to create offensive pressure. Holy Trinity found the back of the net eight minutes into the second half.
After 10 more minutes of play, the Crusaders scored again to bring the score to 3 – 2. At this point, IMS’ players buckled down and began playing harder to win more possession of the ball.
IMS moves to 8 – 7 overall, 7 – 5 in conference play for the season. IMS returns to action Friday, May 16, facing Holy Trinity again at West Point as part of the SEISC boys’ soccer tournament.