Thompson assists three goals as IMS tops Columbus 4-0
KALONA — Columbus controlled play early in Saturday’s Southeast Iowa Super Conference boys’ soccer match, but No. 9 IMS quickly snagged the momentum and went on to win 4-0.
Columbus controlled the opening minutes of the match and put pressure on the ball, letting its hosts know nothing was going to come easy. But IMS defenders Justin Boller and Cody Miller cleared numerous balls out of the box, preventing the Wildcats any good scoring chances.
IMS began to settle in, and midfielders Peyton Thompson, Nicholas Yoder and Enrique Sanchez began to take control of the ball. Fourteen minutes into the match, senior Dillon Bender took a strong shot that deflected off of a Columbus player. The shot pinballed around the penalty box as the Wildcats tried unsuccessfully to clear the ball. In the midst of the flurry, junior Reggie Hostetler knocked the ball into the net to give IMS a 1-0 lead.
Now playing with a lead, IMS pushed forward and controlled the flow of play. With seven minutes remaining in the first half, Thompson beat a defender and then threaded a pass through the middle to Hostetler, who ran onto the ball and sent it into the goal.
Minutes later, Thompson struck again. This time, he sent a ball across the corner of the box, where Yoder one-touched the ball into the upper corner of the goal for a 3-0 halftime lead.
The Wildcats came out strong in the second half as they tried to chip away at the lead, but the back line of Boller, Miller, Jameson Lammer, Kirby Shetler and Michael Hershberger turned them away.
IMS added its final goal with four minutes remaining when Thompson picked up his third assist of the game. He sent a ball to Shetler, who redirected it past the goalie.
Hostetler and Joel Shetler shared goalie duties for IMS, notching the shutout.
IMS (3-2, 3-1 SEISC) hosts Williamsburg tonight and then hosts Danville on Tuesday.