In the latest edition of the Mid-Prairie and IMS boys soccer rivalry no winner was decided as the two teams tied 1-1 on Mid-Prairie’s Senior Night in Wellman. Entering play on Thursday night both teams looked to be extremely even on paper and it played out that way in the field. The Golden Hawks took an early lead in the 12th minute as Wyatt Cady beat IMS goalkeeper Joel Shetler to make the score 1-0. After the game Mid-Prairie Head Coach Pat Cady talked about that chance and his team’s first half offense.
“Wyatt was in there to finish that ball, it felt like we had some pretty good momentum, the beginning of the game it, in our first possession we came down and had a shot on goal, it would have been a Mid-Prairie record, like 15 second goal, we just didn’t hit it then, and then it seemed like the game started getting away from us a little bit,” Cady said.
Despite several more good looks in the first half Mid-Prairie would take just a 1-0 lead into the break. In the second half it was Iowa Mennonite’s turn to find the scoreboard as Reggie Hostedler capped a flurry of IMS chances in the 55th minute with a goal from midfield. Following the game IMS Head Coach Marcus Miller talked about his team’s second half offense.
“The second half we talked about coming out hard, and then Reggie, who has played some goal, noticed that Chase was out pretty far and poked one over his head, and that always gives you a burst of energy, and then we almost had two more it seemed like, and maybe we had one, I don’t know, it hit the cross bar and then down in, and another chance where Peyton hit the ball in deep, and didn’t quite get it in,” Miller said.
Neither team could put another tally on the board in regulation, choosing to end the game in a tie. Mid-Prairie finishes the regular season at 7-2-2 and will next be in action when they open the playoffs at home Monday against Fairfield Maharishi. IMS is 13-6-1 and will next be on the pitch in the second round of the playoffs to face the winner of Mid-Prairie and Maharishi at IMS Wednesday night.