Floyd Central jumps ahead early, takes down Owls

For The Tribune

Coach Greg Musser has seen his Seymour girls soccer team play some strong matches recently, but the Owls haven’t been able to score enough goals to notch another tally in the win column.

Floyd Central scored two goals in the first half during Tuesday night’s match at C.B. Hess Memorial Field and topped the Owls 3-1.

“Unfortunately, this is the third game in a row I’ve been proud of the way we’ve played, and we haven’t been on the right side of the scoreboard,” Musser said.

“Floyd’s a really good team. They always seem to bring their ‘A’ game when they come to play Seymour.”

The Highlanders took a 1-0 lead on a goal off a corner kick at 32:39 of the first half and made it 2-0 eight minutes later in the Hoosier Hills conference match.

Musser said the Owls had an excellent chance to score between those goals.

“They scored a goal in eight minutes, and within three minutes we had an opportunity. It looked like it may have been over the line, but it wasn’t called that way, and that’s just the nature of the game.

“We responded well after a goal, which is one of those big points of emphasis we’ve had on them.”

The score remained 2-0 at the intermission, and the Owls missed a corner-kick opportunity two minutes into the second half when the ball hit the side of the net.

The Owls cut the Highlanders’ lead in half when Andrea Ferrer scored at 26:48 of the second half.

“It was a great build-up,” Musser said of the goal. “We were talking to them about not sliding our through ball straight to the middle and Marie Lednart played a great ball into the corner to Maria Cerda who threw in a good cross, and created danger.

“We talked about putting that ball in the middle, not shooting from bad angles, because anything can happen. The ball ping-ponged around and Bailey Lewis sent it back in and Andrea was crashing the net and was there. That’s the effort goals that we need.”

Rachel Collett had 20 saves for the Owls and the team attempted nine shots.

The Highlanders added an insurance goal at 13:30.

“We had to start thinking a little more offensive, pushing some of our outside mids up a little high, and not let them track back. That was just a great goal,” Musser said.

The Owls are 0-2 in the HHC, and 3-6-1 overall.

They will play host to Bedford North Lawrence on Thursday night for senior night.