Sanchez's late goal lifts IMS over Williamsburg
KALONA — Junior Enrique Sanchez scored with 40 seconds remaining in Monday’s match against visiting Williamsburg to lift No. 9 IMS to a 3-2 victory over the Raiders.
IMS (4-2) opened the match with the wind at its back, which helped Sanchez and fellow midfielders Peyton Thompson, Dillon Bender, Nicholas Yoder, and Spencer Schrock gain control and create several scoring chances. But Williamsburg’s defense stymied those chances.
Meanwhile, the Raiders’ strategy of sending long balls to their speedy forwards nearly paid off, but the IMS back line of Justin Bollder and Cody Miller proved up to the task, and goalie Joel Shetler came up with three key saves. However, at the end of the half, Shetler came out strong and was run into by a Williamsburg player, and Shetler limped off the field. Hostetler, who scored the lone goal in the first half, stepped in to fill the goal.
With the wind at their back in the second half, the Raiders (1-6) quickly tied the score. Five minutes into the half, Williamsburg sent a long ball forward, and freshman Allyn Francis outran the IMS defenders to score.
Near the midway point of the second half, IMS earned a direct kick from about 20 yards from the goal. Bender pounded a shot that deflected off of the stout Williamsburg wall, but the ball bounced to Thompson, who deftly volleyed the ball into the net.
Williamsburg responded minutes later, as Francis scored again on a long ball forward, tying the score at 2-2.
As time ticked down, Boller moved forward to add to the offensive pressure. Schrock sent a cross into the box, where Thompson put a strong shot on the goal. The ball took several deflections as the Raiders tried to clear the ball and the IMS players tried to knock it into the goal. Finally, Sanchez was able to fire a strong shot past the goalie for the deciding score.
The junior varsity contest ended in a 1-1 tie. Freshman Miguel Sanchez scored the lone IMS goal on an assist from senior Nikhil Thacker.