Owls dominate in home-opener, Dennis becomes all-time winningest coach at SHS


Some wins mean more than others.

On top of trouncing Brown County 14-1, Seymour High School’s boys soccer team helped coach Matt Dennis make some history on Thursday.

The win marked the 68th career victory for Dennis, who is in his eighth season of leading the Owls, making him the all-time leader in coaching wins at SHS. Dennis was tied with former SHS coach Shaun Mahoney going into the 2018 campaign.

“When you get that many wins, it just means you’ve been around a while,” Dennis said. “We’ve had a lot of great kids come through this program. This team is no different. We have a lot of good kids that fight hard. I’m really proud of the way we’ve (gotten wins), and the guys who have come through (the program) and done it. It has been a lot of fun. There are more to come.”

The 14 goals scored were also a record for a game by the Owls. The previous record was 13 goals in one game.

Eight minutes into the game, from the midfield, Keegan Sunbury lifted a pass above the Eagles’ defense and found the feet of Tyler Penegar. Running down the middle of the field, Penegar pushed the ball past the Eagles’ keeper from 12-yards to give the Owls a 1-0 lead.

The Owls didn’t waste any time in adding another score.

Cole Fosbrink’s corner kick, with 25:15 left in the first half, found Ammon Christensen in the box. Christensen took the ball out of the air slotted the shot to the far post to give the Owls a 2-0 advantage.

Daniel Hartman gave the Owls a 3-0 lead soon after, as he took a pass from Payton Reasoner up the middle and buried it into he back of the net with 18:40 on the clock.

Penegar earned a brace with 15 minutes left in the half, dribbling past the Eagles’ defenders and burying one from just inside the box to put SHS up 4-0.

Carter Hendrix took a rebound, off a shot by Evan Baurle, with 6:19 in the half, ,and put it in the goal to extend the Owls’ lead to 5-0.

The Owls peppered the Eagles in the opening half, recording 19 shots to the visitors’ two.

Seymour continued to put on the offensive pressure in the final 40 minutes.

Blaine Spivey and Reasoner each took rebounds off the Eagles’ goalie, and slammed their shots to the back of the net four minutes into the second half to put the Owls up 7-0.

Penegar crossed the ball, with 35 minutes remaining, into the box and Spivey slotted it for his second goal of the night, and the Owls went up 8-0.

The Owls started making mass substitutions with 32 minutes left in the game.

At the 29:17-mark, Hartman took a pass from Casey Regruth and scored from 18 yards.

Not a minute later, Cameron Connell scored for the Owls to give SHS a 10-0 lead. A score form Kevin Cervantes, with 27 minutes remaining, then put the Owls up 11-0.

Luke Reasoner finished a pass from Gabe Baker to make it 12-0 with 20 minutes left.

The Eagles were awarded a penalty kick, at the 19:47-mark, and Caleb Yager converted to make it 12-1.

Cameron Cox stole the ball from the Eagles’ keeper and scored, and Seymour led 13-1 with 12 minutes left in the game.

Cervantes finished a cross by Connell with eight minutes left, to record the final goal for SHS.

“We finished the game with no seniors for the last 30 minutes,” Dennis said. “We had freshmen out there scoring. It was nice to see. A neat anomaly was that Payton Reasoner, a senior, and his brother, Luke, a freshman, scored in the same game. It was a lot of fun all around. The boys deserved it.”

The Owls registered 38 shots on the evening.

“After the loss (East Central, 3-2) on Tuesday, we harped a lot on playing faster and taking fewer touches,” Dennis said. “We wanted our combination play to be 1-2 in the box. We talked about trying to bring in an extra guy. We isolated on Tuesday, and we wanted to bring in extra guys and we saw that tonight. The backs got forward and checks were harder. We played to feet,and it was really nice to see.”

Seymour (1-1) will next host Whiteland on Saturday.

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