Tired IMS soccer team holds off Danville
KALONA — Playing on tired legs after notching a hard-fought victory over Williamsburg the night before, No. 11 IMS ground out a gritty 2-1 victory over visiting Danville on a cold Tuesday evening.
IMS (5-2, 4-1 SEISC) opened the match by putting a lot of strong pressure on the Bears, but couldn’t capitalize on scoring opportunities. Finally, with 10 minutes remaining in the first half, IMS scored to take the lead. Senior Dillon Bender took a direct kick from about 25 yards out, and Bender’s shot ricocheted off the defensive wall, but to teammate Justin Boller, who pounced on the ball and sent it into the net.
IMS extended its lead early in the second half. Bender beat his defender before sending a pass to senior Nicholas Yoder, who nailed a shot into the upper corner of the goal.
In an effort to generate even more offensive pressure, freshman Jorey Conrad came off the IMS bench to fill the goal while junior Reggie Hostetler moved forward. Several good scoring chances were created, but on a night when play seemed a bit out of kilter, the shots squirted off to the side of the goal or found their way directly to the Danville goalie.
Danville (0-5, 0-5 SEISC) scored on a direct kick late in the second half, but the IMS defense tightened up and limited the Bears’ chances as the clock ticked down.
The IMS junior varsity boys’ soccer team also won, earning its first victory of the season by blanking the Bears 6-0. Kirby Shetler, Enrique Mendoza and Eli Gingerich each scored first-half goals, and in the second half Kobi Russom and Michael Hershberger added to the score. Gingerich, Shetler, Mendoza and David Lemon each added assists.
After a night off, IMS travels to Central Lee on Thursday night to take on the Hawks.