An age old rivalry will continue tonight between the Mid-prairie boys and the IMS boys tonight on the soccer pitch. IMS comes in 14-4, while Mid-Prairie comes in 5-7. IMS is ranked twelfth in goals scored in Iowa with 60, but Mid-Prairie comes in with nothing to lose, much like they did last year in the upset over IMS.
It is senior night for IMS, and they will look to none other than season keeper Ben Brennemen to stop the Golden Hawks where they stand. IMS will also look toward Tommy Rhodes and Matt Libby to get quick goals to start the game. Head coach Marcus Miller said last year his team couldn’t get started, but this year they’ll be ready.
“They should be ready, they certainly don’t like losing on their home field,” Miller said. “It is kind of nice to play people you know and at the same time you certainly want to beat them when you play them. So I’m guessing the guys should be ready, at least more than they were last year.
It is not only the kids that know each other though. Mid- Prairie head coach Neil Yoder not only coached with Coach Miller, but played under him as well.
The Golden Hawks come in with 22 goals, and will look at Austin Errthum to help them get off to the start they need. Mid-Prairies Chase Murray will be busy in net as well; he has a 1.6 goals against average. Yoder had this to say about the match.
“I don’t think I’ll need much of a pep talk to get these guys going, it is the last regular season game of the year I know they’re going to lay everything out there,” Yoder said. “If there’s a team they’d like to be it would be IMS. We just have to make sure we don’t let our emotions get ahead of us and play smart, IMS is definitely a talented team.”
IMS and Mid-Prairie will meet up tonight in at 4:30 at IMS.