After a tough weekend in the Southeast Iowa Super Conference Tournament, Iowa Mennonite School got back in the winning column with a 4-1 boys soccer victory over Washington.
?The brackets are set for the postseason and we?ve been nursing some injuries, so I was trying to allow for that,? WHS head coach Sally Hart said. ?You want to be competitive, you want to come out and be competitive, but you don?t want to burn yourself out for the postseason.?
IMS is ranked fourth in Class 1A with a 14-1 record and ball control was important after losing its first game of the year in the SEISC tourney.
?We possessed the ball better than we have for a while so that was good to see,? IMS coach Marcus Miller said. ?We have gotten into this bad habit of just rushing forward. I thought we have been caught out of position because of that and we did a much better job of not letting that happen.?
Louis Etienne used his defense to steal the ball and score for a 1-0 IMS lead with 32 minutes, 42 seconds left in the first half.
Washington bided its time and tied it up when IMS misplayed a ball. It looked to be an own goal but Gabe Zimmer put it in for Washington.
?We did not come out as hard as we should have or could have,? Hart said.
Eleven minutes into the second half, Jacob Boller took a pass from Etienne, stopped it, sized up the defense, picked a spot and threaded the ball into the back of the net for a 2-1 lead.
?When we possess the ball and do a good job of using both sides and not being in such a hurry all the time, we play well,? Miller said.
Set pieces worked well for IMS as Cole Ours scored on headers two different times.
With 16:24 left, Isaiah Swantz poked a free kick into a scrum and Ours timed his leap perfectly to send the ball into the right top corner. The fourth goal came after a corner kick was deflected and Cody Jones assisted on a second Ours header.
?It seems like this year I have scored a lot off of the head and not as much off of the foot,? Ours said. ?It is very rewarding, especially being only 5-foot-7. We work on it some in practice and I guess some of it is it just comes naturally.?
?We have had different guys finish but it seems like Cole has a knack,? Miller said. ?It seems they lose track of him in there.?
The Demons seemed to let down late in the second half.
?We played 60 minutes really hard and then it seemed we got tired,? Hart said.
The Demons have a different goalkeeper than most of their games.
Benjamin Baughman make a couple of spectacular saves including a leaping one that defelcted the ball over the net.
An injury to Anthony Torres prompted the move.
?We took Thomas (Zimmer) out of goal because we needed some quick feet,? Hart said. ?Thomas wants to score goals and Ben has had some great saves. You never want to keep a kid from scoring if he wants to do it. We knew we had a great backup goalie that could go in and play varsity so we thought we would try it.?
Washington is 8-5 and plays at Fairfield Thursday.