Thursday the 2012 IMS Soccer team rewrote the record books by posting another shut out in a 1-0 win over rival Mid-Prairie on Senior Night. The shut out of the Golden Hawks was the 11th for IMS on the season eclipsing the old mark of 10 for a season set in 1996 and tied in 1997 and 2010. The first half was a defensive battle on both ends with neither team being able to get much going. In the second half the stalemate continued, highlighted by each goal keeper posting a highlight reel save Mid-Prairie coach Neil Yoder spoke after the game about the conversation at halftime with his team and Chase Murray’s save to keep the game tied at the time.
“We just wanted to come out, beat them to balls and outplay them in the first five minutes. The team that wins this will be the team that plays harder in the first five minutes of the half,” Yoder said. “Speechless, wow, incredible, unbelievable. Like I told chase that is probably one of the best saves I have ever seen from a Mid-Prairie keeper. He saved the game right there.”
The IMS highlight save from Ben Brenneman came in the 55th minute as Mid-Prairie’s Austin Errthum sent a shot that was ticketed for the back of the net. Errthum talked about how the chance unfolded for him.
“We just wanted to get a quick one, and I saw an opening and I like to shoot, so I tried to give it my best opportunity and he made a good save,” Errthum said.
Dillon Bender broke the scoreless tie late for IMS with his goal in the 76th minute. After the game Bender talked about the scoring play.
“Someone in our midfield set up a ball, I wasn’t quite sure if the defense was going to get it or not,” Bender said. “The defender missed it so I cleared it out and took advantage of it. It took about one touch and hit it in far side.”
Defense has been a calling card for IMS all season. Following the game IMS Coach Marcus Miller spoke about his defense, goal keeper.
“Ben has improved a lot this year, he played some club ball, and we have Clinton Fisher, he’s working with us a little bit as a goalie coach. Ben has just become more confident he said our butts a bunch, which you like to see in a goalie,” Miller said.
IMS is now 15-4 on the season, Mid-Prairie falls to 5-8 on the year.