It was a highly anticipated matchup as IMG Academy with a 4-1 season record faced the Alonso, who entered the game with a perfect 5-0 record on the year. The teams battled it out, shot for shot, finishing the third quarter with IMG Academy hanging on to a narrow 8-7 margin. However, behind the sharpshooting of Jackson Costello who notched six goals on the evening, IMG Academy was able to pull away in the fourth quarter and remove all doubt, defeating Alonso by a score of 12-8.
“We were very sloppy at times, but we did well in transition and we capitalized on some quick goals,” defensive coordinator Jason Basso on the team’s performance. “But most importantly, it was nice to see our boys compete hard down the stretch to get this win.”
Assisting Costello in the scoring effort was freshman Ian Macleod and senior Cody Gray who each added two goals. Goalie Parker Smith made 11 saves on the night to keep Alonso at bay on the defensive end.
IMG Academy will have little time to rest. The team will return to action next week with four games in a row. IMG Academy will take the field against Clearwater; Thayer Academy (Mass.); St. Petersburg; and Houston Christian (Texas).