Seymour posts second straight shutout


The Seymour girls soccer team came up with its second shutout of the season by blanking Scottsburg 3-0 at home Thursday afternoon.

Seymour has outscored its opponents 5-0 in its two matches this fall, and coach Greg Musser said he is pleased with the defense.

“We’re changing some things this year, and we’re pressing the girls hard to fix some fundamentals as far as defensive shape, and it’s been a big driving point for our practices ever since summer, so it’s always good to get a second shutout in a row to kind of prove what we’re doing is working,” he said.

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The Owls dominated possession of the ball by outshooting the Warriors 31-1, but Musser said some of those attempts weren’t quality shots.

“The first half, I felt we settled way too much,” he said. “The shot chart says we took a lot of shots, but we were shooting from 35, 40 yards away, and they were just kind of dribblers to the goal, so I think we lacked a little creativity at times in the first half passing the ball and coming up with the combinations and penetrating passes we’ve been working on.

“But they’re not afraid to shoot, which is good. You’re never going to fault the team for being aggressive, but there are some things to clean up for us.”

Lillie Wessel, Bailey Lykins, Alyssa Perry and Mia Schrader combined for 12 shots during the first 21 minutes of play, but none of them went into the net.

Scottsburg had a corner kick at the 27:15 mark.

Wessel finally lit up Seymour’s side of the scoreboard with an unassisted goal at 8:43. She gained possession of the ball near midfield and advanced the ball and with a hard strike, easily beating Scottsburg goalie Riley Pool to make it 1-0.

Perry added a score at 6:53 to double the Owls’ lead.

Musser said those goals took some of the pressure off of his team.

“A thing in the girls game I’ve noticed over the years is you get into a game where you’re pressing the tempo and you’re taking shots and you’re just not getting a goal,” he said. “They seem to play a little tighter and tighter each time the ball doesn’t go in the net. It’s weight off the shoulders when the first one goes home.

“We saw some confidence, and we scored again a couple minutes after the first goal. We’ve got to get through those mental hurdles. We’re not going to be on every night, but we’ve just got to keep battling through, and I think that’s what the girls did.”

Isabella Diaz gave Scottsburg its best shot to score with a shot from in front of the goal with six minutes remaining in the first half. The ball was stopped by Owls goalie Aidan Hiester. She momentarily lost the grip on the ball but quickly grabbed it to keep the shutout intact.

The Owls, who had four corner kicks in the first half, outshot the visitors 18-1 in the first 40 minutes.

Seymour had a corner kick one minute into the second half.

The Owls were on the attack a minute later as Elizabeth Lenart took a shot. The ball rolled free, and Lykins put it in the goal at 37:20 to complete the scoring.

Kate Snook was in goal for the Owls in the second half, and Musser substituted freely midway through the second half.

“We always like for the opportunity for these girls that are working hard day in and day out some minutes, and we let them finish out about 20 minutes of this game, which is good,” Musser said. “We got to see a little bit from them. I thought it was a nice win today.”

The Owls will host Jeffersonville on Tuesday for their Hoosier Hills Conference opener.

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