Luis Barragan, of Imlay City, seeks out an open teammate during regional action.

IMLAY CITY — Sixth-rated Imlay City watched an outstanding season reach an endpoint with a 4-1 loss to seventh-ranked Williamston in a Division 3 boys’ soccer regional semifinal meeting on Tuesday, October 26.

Lansing Catholic High School is where the match was contested.

“Our boys had a great season,” Imlay City Coach Luis Hernandez said. “We went 21-4-1 overall and won the BWAC title at 12-0,” he noted.

“It was also our second straight district and fifth straight league title. Our team has a lot to be proud of. We would like to thank our sponsors (Jalisco’s, Botanas El Plaisa, StudioE Photography and Vlasics) as well as our fans for all their support. Our Spartan program promises to come back stronger next year.”

In Tuesday’s meeting, Williamston struck first when a shot found the back of the net with about 10 minutes showing on the first half clock.

The remainder of half number one was scoreless.

When the action resumed, Imlay City bounced back with a goal by Alan Olmedo to make it 1-1. There was now 38:11 remaining during half number two.

It appeared as if the contest would go down to the wire, or it least it seemed that way at the time.

Instead, Williamston responded to the challenge presented them with a 3-0 outburst over the next five-minute stretch, That staked them to a 4-1 advantage.

Neither side would score the rest of the way.

Quintin Ramirez went the distance in net for Imlay City. Ramirez was credited with seven saves.

Kevin Kissane

Kevin Kissane has been covering high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When not standing on a field or court with his camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, travel and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, and is also a grad of St. Clair Community College and earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.