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Submitted by Marcus Miller
Iowa Mennonite stepped onto the soccer pitch for the second consecutive night on Tuesday, hosting Mediapolis.
Playing a well organized defensive team in Mediapolis, Iowa Mennonite struggled to find offensive consistency though dominating the time of possession. Numerous shots went wide or over the goal, while those on target were often gathered in by the goalie. While the offense sputtered a bit, the defensive line held strong, denying Mediapolis’ attempts to get the ball into their field of play.
As the first half neared its end, Iowa Mennonite finally broke through on the scoring column with an unassisted goal from Louis Etienne. It didn’t take long for Louis to score his second goal of the night on a cross from Cole Ours, sending Iowa Mennonite into halftime with a 2-0 lead.
The second half saw more of the same as Mediapolis maintained a strong defensive presence making it difficult to break through. A little over ten minutes into the half a shot from the west side of the goal rebounded into the path of Cody Jones who volleyed a one touch shot into the corner of the goal to make it 3-0.
Mixing things up a bit and getting young guys in for some varsity time helped in the creation of the last two goals. Moved up front from his central defender spot, it took Mitchell Schmieder seconds to get involved in the scoring as he deftly touched a ball to Isaiah Swantz who buried the ball into the back of the net. John Hughes finished off the scoring with one and a half minutes left in the game on a cross from Will Kolck.
Iowa Mennonite bests Central Lee
Isaiah Swantz led the way with a hat trick propelling Iowa Mennonite to the 4-0 win over Central Lee.
The first goal came just two minutes into the game when the Central Lee goalie cleared a ball sending it out about 40 yards from goal. Swantz cut to the ball, saw the goalie was not getting back into position and lofted a shot which cleared the goalies hands and settled into the back of the net.
While Iowa Mennonite kept the pressure up and created some good scoring chances the Central Lee goalie successfully kept Iowa Mennonite from adding to the score. Finally in the 12th minute Swantz gathered in a rebound and powered in a shot. Though the goalie was in position, the ball took a slight deflection and into the net for the 2-0 halftime lead.
Both teams made adjustments at halftime and the back line of Iowa Mennonite, Kobe Borntrager, Reggie Borntrager, Eli Ours and Mitchell Schmieder stepped up, shutting down what remained of the Central Lee offense.
Near the halfway point of the half Iowa Mennonite got the ball wide where Jacob Boller sent a ball into Cole Ours who shot the ball into the net. Swantz claimed the hat trick after Cole Ours was knocked down in the box. Swantz’s penalty kick rocketed into the goal giving the goalie no chance to make the save.